It truly doesn’t get any better than pasture raised. Under a canopy of oak trees, these birds have it made. Raised slowly on an all vegetarian diet that is supplemented with fresh green pasture every day of their adolescent and adult lives, these turkeys are given no antibiotics or chemicals. Diestel’s pasture raised turkeys attained the Global Animal Partnership Step 5 rating, which is the highest rating to date.
Born in late spring and delivered to the ranch as one day old these birds are grown on a multi-species farm. As fluffy white and brown poults they are cared for by our farmers. We keep their water fresh and feed plentiful. The poults are tucked away in a warm cozy barn for the first six weeks of their life. During this time, the turkeys are gaining strength and independence. We slowly introduce them to the great outdoors.
As teenagers, the feed and water is moved outside and the turkeys happily follow. They are introduced to their multi-species friends: pigs, goats, sheep, and even Rosco, the llama. We utilize a unique grazing system, rotating the animals every three days onto new pasture. Together, these animals create a symbiotic relationship between the earth and the farm. This practice encourages forage growth and keeps the environment exceptionally clean and healthy. To ward off predators, the birds and their farm friends are protected by the Great Pyrenees/ Anatolian shepherd livestock guardians.
Through the spring showers, summer heat, and just into the cool of fall, these turkeys live outside all day, every day. As the birds reach maturity, they develop the delicious flavor and tenderness Diestel turkeys are known for. After a healthy and happy life we harvest these birds on the same ranch that they have grown up on, eliminating all transportation time. The turkeys are chilled quickly with an old-fashioned ice-chilling method. We like to keep the process simple and never add or pump our turkeys with any sort of salt solution. Once bagged, we ship these birds out to your local market…just in time for the holiday. Thank you for purchasing a Diestel Pasture Raised Turkey.
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these birds’ unique lives and sincerely appreciate your support of our 4th generation family-run, sustainable ranch!