Utah Junior Turkey Show
Raising poultry such as turkeys is a popular activity that many 4-H and FFA youth participate in throughout the United States. Typically, these youth start their projects with 1 or 2 day old poults and raise the birds to maturity. Their projects culminate when their live birds compete in a state or county sponsored event, such as fairs and livestock shows, that declare a winner of the contest. Utah’s State Junior Turkey Show is unique in that 4-H and FFA members raise their birds to market age just like other shows, but then the birds are processed in a state inspected poultry processing plant, cooled in stainless steel tanks, and judged for quality and conformation. The top 30 toms and top 30 hens from the judging are then sold at the Utah State Junior Turkey Show auction. Remaining birds are often sold at county auctions through out the state. Youth are required to submit a record book on their turkey project and are eligible to compete for scholarships sponsored by the show.
Participant ResourcesBiosecurity Training
Turkey Cooking Instructions
Treat your Turkey Right - Keep your family safe! Poultry causes the greatest number of food borne illnesses and hospitalizations every year Contamination by raw poultry (turkey especially) and under cooking are the biggest causes of these illnesses. Most of the food borne illnesses caused by bacteria in turkey occur in November and December. Chilling and Cooking turkey correctly can PREVENT most food borne illnesses Safety Tips: Keep your bird cold, below 40 degrees. Check the temperature in your refrigerator to make sure it is cold enough. Freeze your turkey if you aren’t going to cook it within 2 DAYS from slaughter. Turkey will keep for 1 year in the freezer. Thaw turkey in the fridge, NEVER leave it at room temperature. For every 4 pounds it will take 24 hours to thaw your turkey: 4 pounds – 1 day, 8 pounds – 2 days, 12 pounds – 3 days, 16 pounds – 4 days. Keep raw turkey away from other foods, thaw turkey in a pan to contain dripping juices. Clean and sanitize pans, cutting boards, counters, knifes, and other utensils that touched the raw turkey before you use them for other foods. DO NOT wash turkey before cooking it. There is no need to wash the turkey in your sink, cooking will kill the bacteria AND you avoid getting bacteria in your sink, on your counters, and on you! Cook turkey completely, USE A THERMOMETER to make sure turkey is completely cooked. Turkey should be 165⁰ in the thickest part of the breast and leg. Don’t forget the stuffing if you stuff your bird, it needs to be 165⁰ in the center of the stuffing. Refrigerate leftover turkey as soon as possible, if it sits out from longer than 2 HOURS throw it out!