Just why do Diestel Holiday Turkeys Taste so Much Better?
At Diestel, creating premium quality turkey and turkey products begins with sourcing the grains we mill on our ranch and continues throughout every aspect of our operation. We source the highest-quality grains, mill our own feed, give our animals extra time to grow slowly, use multiple breeds to ensure a fully mature turkey at every weight range, and treat our animals with compassion. Our customers say Diestel turkeys have a rich “old-fashioned flavor,” incredible tenderness, and texture.
Our high standards have remained unchanged since our ranch’s founding in 1949. Here are just a few of the reasons why our turkey tastes better, consistently:
Diestel turkeys enjoy the freedom of being slow grown with plenty of fresh air and space to roam, whether indoors or outdoors. This means our turkeys take 25%-50% more time to reach their ideal weight than conventionally grown birds. We give turkeys time to be turkeys and to develop that premium texture and flavor our birds are known for.
We feed a 100% vegetarian diet
Since 1956, when Grandpa Jack built the first feed mill on our ranch, we have been sourcing the best corn and soy, which we mill ourselves. We feed a 100% vegetarian diet and ensure that our feed never contains antibiotics, growth enhancers, hormones, gluten (wheat free), animal by-products and DDG’s (dried distillers grains). We also make the commitment to never least-cost our feed. We are proud to be one of the last turkey producers in the Western United States to take the extra time and attention required to mill our own feed.
Thoughtfully Raised & Harvested
Diestel turkeys are thoughtfully raised with plenty of fresh air and space to roam, whether indoors or outdoors. Our turkeys are given individual care and a wholesome diet. In fact, we were the first turkey producer in the country to obtain a GAP 5 Rating on our Pasture Raised Holiday Turkeys. This is the very highest rating in the GAP system! Our birds are harvested in our own USDA-inspected processing facility, where we have always possessed incredible respect for our animals. Please feel free to give us a call at the ranch if you have any further questions: 209.532.4950.
Diestel’s Own Breeds
We use many different breeds of turkeys, which ensures the turkeys are fully matured at their naturally intended weight. In comparison, most in the industry use only one standard breed to fill a 10-40+ pound weight range. This is yet another Diestel-specific approach that allows us to consistently produce more naturally flavorful turkeys. Diestel turkeys provide excellent value with more meat and less water. We allow turkeys to develop slowly, resulting in a more tender and juicy old-fashioned turkey flavor.
4th Generation Family Farmers
We are proud to be family-owned and operated since 1949! We are one of the last small, family-owned turkey grower-processors in the United States. For over 60 years, we have developed our family’s strict standards, and we are proud to partner with other family farmers who uphold these standards. We know that by using our family’s strict practices, we can help change the landscape of farming for generations to come.