Every associate under the Michigan Turkey Co-operative umbrella (farm owners, farm workers, load and haul team, and plant employees) is committed to the humane handling of every turkey throughout all stages of the turkey’s life.
At the Farm
Ample living space
Access to sunlight and fresh air
Free to roam under shelter
Open-air barns offer protection from predators and harsh climate conditions
Load and Haul
Humane loading system
Turkeys are guided onto conveyor that loads them into cages
Eliminates human contact
Short transit times from farm to plant
Ample room in cages
Protection from adverse weather
Controlled Atmosphere Stun Process (CAS)—the most humane way to harvest a turkey.
Better for Our Turkeys: No human contact until after the CAS process.
Better for Our Employees: CAS creates a cleaner and safer working condition by eliminating the handling of conscious birds.
Better for Our Products: Greatly reduces blood spots and bruising in meat. Also further reduces the incidence of contamination.
Click here to watch a video tour of this process, lead by leading animal welfare expert, Temple Grandin. Our Controlled Atmosphere Stunning system can be seen at 7:15.