“Turkey prices will be up slightly this year,” Kean says. “We’re still suffering some effects from the avian influenza outbreak. Probably, prices will be up 10 to 15% from last year.”
Prices will be even higher, he says, for fresh turkeys or organic turkeys.
“For frozen turkeys, the typical price will be maybe $1.15 to $1.20 a pound, would be my expectation,” Kean says. “And again, there will always be sales and some stores will cut that price to get you in the store.”
The bird flu wiped out about 10% of nation’s turkey production this spring.
One-point-seven millon chickens were destroyed after two flocks in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County were confirmed infected. No Nebraska turkey producers were impacted.
There is concern migrating wild birds — ducks and geese — will bring another round of avian flu as they make their way south this fall but, so far, so good.