Bird flu dwindles turkey supply in East Texas

Bird flu dwindles turkey supply in East Texas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - You may soon pay more for your Thanksgiving turkey dinner when it comes to buying that famous bird. Agriculture officials say the bird flu outbreak earlier this year wiped out more than 9 million turkeys.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there won't be as many turkeys available this year as in years past, and of those that are available, they say you may pay about 23 cents more.

Earlier this year, East Texas News showed you how the flu affected egg prices at local bakeries, and now as we head into the holiday season, reports say there will be fewer turkeys to go around.

And grocery store chains say they're trying not to pass that cost off to you.

Stores like Wal-Mart say they purchased a larger number of turkeys months ago in order to be prepared in case of something like this.

And the effects go beyond your holiday meal. Agents at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Nacogdoches County said the bird flu means there will be no "Tom Show" at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. They said 4-H students from Nacogdoches County usually compete in that show, but with fewer turkeys available,the Tom, or male, portion has been canceled. However, they will still have the hen or female competition.

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