Here's a Thanksgiving
tale truckers can tell your children. When Americans sit down to enjoy their
Thanksgiving feast this week they will consume a whopping 45 million turkeys,
thanks in part to truckdrivers.
Each year, 80,000 truck
loads of turkeys are responsible for ensuring this Thanksgiving tradition
continues, according to a survey by the Minnesota Trucking Association. If
you parked those trucks end-to-end you would create a "gobbler convoy"
over 1,200 miles long - or roughly the distance from Duluth, MN, to Austin,
TX, via Interstate 35.
Turkeys get a short taste
of life on the road before they make their ultimate sacrifice for the good
of holiday feasters. On average, each turkey takes three big rig rides in
its life. As soon as young turkeys leave the shell, they are trucked from
the hatchery to the farm. A short 14 or so weeks later another truck loads
the plump birds to be sent to the processing plant to be prepared for Thanksgiving
dinner. Bagged and ready to cook, the succulent birds take a refrigerated
ride to your local grocery store.
Truckers also play a
vital role in the growth of turkeys, transporting the 15.5 million bushels
of soybeans and 27.5 million bushels of corn it takes to raise and prepare
these turkeys for holiday feasts. Luckily, truckers will also be there to
haul all the dietary foods needed to work off the feast following the holiday