Unlike your Butterball, Heritage turkeys can fly and mate

Nov 27, 2013

Some of you may have already begun thawing the turkey for tomorrow's big meal. The vast majority of Americans get their turkeys from the supermarket, birds that have been mass produced  to meet the mass demand.

Turkeys on a fence at Prairie Heritage farm
Credit Jacob Cowgill, Prairie Heritage farm

But on a 30-acre farm north of Great Falls, dozens of turkeys grown for consumption lead a life similar to their wild turkey kin.
    Jacob and Courtney Cowgill raise these "Heritage turkeys" on their "Prairie Heritage farm" outside the small town of Power. In this Thanksgiving eve interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with Courtney Cowgill about the farm - and their special turkeys. The Cowgills both grew up in central Montana and have been farming for the past five years.

"I am so over scraping turkey poop off of my windshield or off of my porch!"