* 14.5 million turkeys were produced in Indiana in 2008. The Hoosier state accounted for 5.3 percent of national turkey production.
This output was less than one-third of Minnesota's leading production of 48 million turkeys.
* The value of Indiana's 2008 turkey production totaled $306.3 million. Indiana ranked fifth in value of turkeys raised, following Minnesota, North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.
* The total weight of all Hoosier turkeys was 519.1 million pounds, compared to 1.3 billion pounds in Minnesota and 1.2 billion pounds in North Carolina.
* The typical whole turkey purchased at a store is a hen, or female, and weighs 15.3 lbs.
After 14 weeks and roughly 41 pounds of feed, hens are ready for market. Their feed consists of a balanced diet of corn and soybeans mixed with supplements and vitamins.
* To feed the 14.5 million turkeys produced in Indiana, only 1.4 percent, or 15.1 million bushels, of Indiana's 2008 production of corn and soybeans is used.
* The male turkey, or tom, typically weighs 30 pounds at market and is used for cutlets, tenderloins, turkey sausage, turkey franks, and turkey deli meats.