Heritage Turkeys make expensive comeback

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A turkey with historic roots is making its way back to popularity.

Heritage Turkeys can be found on websites that feature local farms in the Dayton area, promoting these birds that have been raised in humane conditions.

According to The Livestock Conservancy, a Heritage Turkey is defined by, “the historic, range-based production system in which they are raised.”

The bird was highly popular in the early 1900’s for its characteristics such as productivity and having a long life span.

The Conservancy says a list of criteria must be followed to be considered a Heritage Turkey, including naturally mating, long productive outdoor lifespan and a slow growth rate.

The birds are believed to be healthier and more humane than other store-bought turkeys.

But with the Heritage Turkey comes a bigger price. Lori Hartman with the farm Hartman Heimstytte, said Heritage Turkeys cost $3.29 per pound from her Brookville-based farm. Meaning that, a medium Heritage Turkey could cost you roughly $70 for a 20-pound turkey.

A frozen turkey from a large chain grocery store could cost you anywhere in the upwards of $20 to $25 dollars for roughly the same weight.

In some instances, Heritage Turkeys can topple in at roughly $200.

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