Local Farm Keeping its Turkeys

1 decade 3 years 1 week ago Monday, November 28 2005 Nov 28, 2005 Monday, November 28, 2005 1:39:39 PM CST November 28, 2005 in News

Turkeys are the stars on Thanksgiving. Usually, the day is a nightmare for Tom Turkey. Mike Knoll raises turkeys on his Boone County farm.

"My turkeys are free range so they get to do whatever they want to do, they come out, they pester the chickens and the geese and the ducks, and they pester people when people come out, if there's no people around they'll just pester each other, they're kind of aggressive persnickitey, fun animal to have around," Knoll said.

Usually these guys would end up on your plate for Thanksgiving dinner. But this year, they roam free.

"These turkeys are going to be happy eating corn, they'll be happy right where they're at," Knoll said.

An unusual disease struck Knoll's farm this year, preventing him from selling his turkeys to market.

"I lost a lot of them and the ones I have left I'm gonna keep for the farm to show people and if I can get the disease under control sometime in the future, then I'll offer turkeys again," Knoll explained.

The turkey's bring in one-fifth of Knoll's farm income. Bad news for him. Good news for turkeys like Tom.

This year is the first of the last five years Knoll hasn't been able to sell his turkeys. The disease on the farm is a paristic deasease called hystomaniasis. Knoll raises everything from turkeys and chickens, to ducks and even goats.

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