Turkey Shortage Butterball and Local Meat Shop

(SIOUX CITY, IA) Turkeys are a staple in most Thanksgiving Day dinners but one popular brand says it may be running out of the larger fresh turkeys. And that brand may not be alone.

Most people would agree Thanksgiving Day without a turkey dinner just isn't the same and if you like the bigger turkeys...

"Get her now, because you know we're not like other retail outlets. We can't just pick up the phone and get another 1000 turkeys tomorrow morning. What our local producers raise for us, that's what we have and that's it," said Ron Muth, Owner of One Stop Meat Shop in Downtown Sioux City.

Muth says he gets all his turkeys from a local farm and 2012 was much different than 2013.

"Last year we had an ample supply. We took care of everyone's needs and we were fine and dandy," he said.

This year, not so much.

"It goes back to where we source our turkeys and inadvertently they had some problems hatching this year. So we ended up with about 30% less than we normally do," said Muth.

His advice? Get your turkey now before it's too late.

"We're going to have some people frustrated by the end of the week and next week that always wait till the last minute and there might not be any left," he said.

And getting a fresh Butterball turkey from a local grocery chain, like Hy-Vee may be difficult as well, considering the problems Butterball is having with its larger turkeys.

"The explanation that the company gave is that some of the turkeys had trouble gaining weight and of course that's going to show up more when you get into the largest sized turkeys," said Ruth Comer, Assistant VP of Media Relations for Hy-Vee.

Hy-Vee didn't get near as many fresh Butterball turkeys as they ordered. But, its got plenty of frozen ones.

But remember the frozen turkeys take a few days to thaw. So another option is either going with a different main dish like duck, chicken, or even lamb or going with another brand. Hy-Vee has its own fresh turkey for sale and there's plenty to go around.