What Happens if Turkeys Get Sick?

A veterinarian visits the farm on a regular basis to examine Brent's birds and farm records to ensure that the turkeys are receiving the care they need.

Turkeys are like any other living creatures: they can sometimes become sick. Medication, approved by Health Canada, is given only when necessary to prevent and treat infections, and is always administered under the supervision of a veterinarian. If medication must be used to care for sick birds, a withdrawal period is required before any bird can be marketed.

The farmer is responsible for documentation from the first day of medication use until the last day of use. He or she must also sign a record stating that the correct withdrawal time has taken place and report this to the processor who may perform a medication residue test.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and tests to ensure turkey farmers follow the rules and that consumers receive a safe, wholesome product.