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TURKEY TALK: Does size matter?

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (KMSP) -

Size does matter when it comes to turkeys, especially if you're looking for a big one this Thanksgiving. The Huffington Post claims Butterball raised some svelte birds this year, but Minnesota may not notice a thing.

However, there's hope: One Minnesota turkey grower explains why you have no reason to worry about the North Carolina-based company's shortage at all.

One look at John Zimmerman's poult farm, it seems finding a turkey in Minnesota shouldn't be a problem.

"Our processors have showed no sign of shortage," he affirmed.

Zimmerman's grown turkeys are already off for holiday production. He raises 25,000 poults for post- holiday demand.

Minnesota reigns supreme when it comes to turkey production in this country. So while we're not experiencing a turkey shortage, Butterball has a different story.

Last week, the company announced it only has a limited amount of fresh turkeys 16 pounds or larger.

In a statement released to Fox 9, a Butterball representative says the company is looking to remedy the issue:

"We experienced a decline in weight gains on some of our farms causing a limited availability of large, fresh turkeys. While we are continuing to evaluate all potential causes, we are working to remedy the issue. We sincerely regret the inconvenience that some of our customers have experienced as a result of this issue"

At Kowalski's in Eden Prairie, shoppers like Trisha Pergande are more worried about dressing the bird, and pairing it nicely. She typically goes for a mid-sized bird about 16-20 pounds to feed 12 people.

The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 16 pounds according to econedlink.org making Butterball's shortage raise eyebrows among those who reach for their fresh, plump birds.

Only fresh turkeys are affected by the Butterball shortage. According to the Associated Press, only 1 out of 5 turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving are of the Butterball variety.

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