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Turkey flocks healthy ahead of the holidays

SOLOMON LAWRENCE, A seasonal worker at Orwell’s Stonewood Farm, herds a flock of turkeys. Every year, Stonewood Farm raises around 34,000 turkeys, selling half during the month of November and processing the rest into value-added products like sausage and ground turkey. Independent photo/Steve James

Heading into Thanksgiving, both Vermont’s wild and domesticated turkey flocks were healthy and plentiful, despite an outbreak of the avian flu in many parts of the nation and the additional hurdle of inflation that challenged Addison County turkey farmers this year.

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