Scrapping the big city in favor of a quiet Pilgrim’s life in the country may sound like a far-off dream, but it’s actually more attainable than you might think. In fact, there are several turkey farms for sale across the country, at shockingly reasonable prices.
Consolidation, regulation, and the squeeze from big agribusiness have made turkey farming way less profitable for mom and pop operations. According to Politico, Virginia farmer Bill Turner made between $2.25 and $2.50 per turkey 25 years ago. Today, he earns just $1.35.
This market shift has left many farmers looking for a way out of the business—and motivated to sell their land. This means there are some great deals for buyers looking for acreage.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ve found eight turkey farms on the market, waiting for buyers with an eye for poultry to take a chance on a flock of turkeys.
Ozark acreage: For an entrepreneurial sort who wants to tear up the turkey business, this former turkey farm includes 15 acres, a pole shed, an outbuilding, and an additional building used as housing for farmworkers. The main three-bedroom home was built in 1980, and it’s just minutes away from Interstate Highway 40.
Ready to repurpose: Once used to produce turkeys, this 15-acre farm could be repurposed for a different type of agribusiness. The property includes two water wells and a small building that can be used for office space or storage. The list price includes one barn, with two additional structures available for purchase. The land also has mature pecan trees and paved road frontage.
Poultry potential: This fully operational bird farm sits on nearly 16.5 acres. It includes four houses, which can accommodate more than 500 turkeys each. The farm is under a long-term contract with a poultry company, and heavy equipment— tractors and accessories—is included in the sale. There’s a current flock of turkeys living on the farm, scheduled to be removed any day now.
Ozark bounty: This bountiful farm comprises two noncontiguous tracts. The first is an 18.5-acre, seven-house Butterball Range facility complete with litter shed and watershed. The second is a 5-acre tract less than a mile away and includes a mobile home and nonoperational turkey house.
Price: $1.3 million
Butterball beauty: This 20-acre property is a turnkey Butterball turkey farm with three turkey houses. The property comes with a rustic two-bedroom “barndominium.”
Turkeys and more: Why limit yourself to turkeys? This large-production, 80-acre farm is also a cattle ranch with three working wells, a brooder barn, and two homes on the property.
One for the birds: Currently home to a turkey flock, this farm also has a two-bedroom house. The new owner has the option to keep the 12-acre farm as a turkey production site or transform it into something completely different.
Price: $3.75 million
Waterfront retreat: This 164-acre farm is anchored by a 6,000-square-foot home on Lake Monroe. Ten acres are devoted to a working turkey farm. The land also includes two ponds and more than 4,000 feet of lakeshore. Potential income opportunities could involve cultivating vineyards or operating an equestrian center.
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