The rise in feed for the turkeys as well as packaging and other overhead costs have forced Bowmen and Landes to raise its prices accordingly. But that hasn’t impacted sales.
The company is on par to have record sales this year, Bowman said. That’s driven in part by a demand for a variety turkey sizes, especially larger birds.
Bowmen said they have raised 75,000 turkeys for this year. The News-Sun previously reported that the farm raises on average about 65,000 free-range turkeys each year.
In addition to selling birds for Thanksgiving, Bowmen and Landes offers a variety of products, including deli meats and bone-in turkey breast.
More people are also feeling comfortable this year to partake in holiday festivities and that can contribute to a higher demand for turkeys, especially larger ones.
Smaller family gatherings last year due to the coronavirus pandemic led to a demand for smaller turkeys and that caused Bowman and Landes to be sold out of turkeys that were 20 pounds or less.
Bowman said they prepared accordingly this year, and more smaller turkeys were raised. However, there has been a return in demand for larger turkeys since more people are planning to get together due to vaccines or are feeling more comfortable to gather amid the pandemic.
Bowman said they are pretty much sold out of most of its Thanksgiving turkeys with some smaller sizes still available.
By selling fresh turkey product, Bowman’s operation is also not feeling the impacts of there being less inventory in the traditional frozen commodity turkey market this year when compared to 2020. That shortage can impact grocery stores that may have less variety of turkey sizes to offer customers.
“If you step back and look at the national picture, it seems like there are less turkeys out in the grocers this year,” Bowman said. “I think in light of that, we are seeing a lot of people are looking for turkeys because they may not be finding them elsewhere,” he added.