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TURKEY from page 1
young age, Nord said. "
t “Just like humans, turkeys have
social circles,” Nord said. “And when
they are taken out of them, they suf
Turkeys are then killed by being
hung upside down and having their
necks slashed, which is painful, Nord
Steve Maxon, the general manag
er of operation at the Nebraska
Turkey Growers Cooperation, said he
does not agree with Nord’s views.
i The turkeys are killed between
the ages of 14 and 20 weeks and have
a healthy weight, Maxon said.
• Turkeys have plenty of room to
roam on the farms, Maxon said.
“The turkeys have approximately
3 square feet per bird,” Maxon said.
“So they have plenty of room to
Turkeys are usually not separated
from their families, Maxon said.
“When we bring in a flock of
turkeys, we bring the majority of the
flock,” Maxon said. “So they are
with their family.”
The turkeys do not feel any pain
when they are slaughtered because
they are put to sleep instantly by an
electrical stunning before their
throats are slashed, Maxon said.
People who would like to have a
turkey-free Thanksgiving can either
buy a turkey that is made from soy
products or tofu, or substitute other
foods for the turkey, Nord said.For
consumers who want to buy a
Thanksgiving turkey, many Lincoln
We have plenty of
turkeys. I have
turkeys coming out
of my ears ”
meat wrapper at Hy-Vee
stores have stocked up for the holi
“We have plenty of turkeys,” said
Franci Jordan, a meat wrapper for
Hy-Vee, 5020 N. 27th St. “I have
turkeys coming out of my ears.”
Despite the popularity of turkeys -
in November, some stores lose
money on turkey sales every year,
said Don Bruce, the meat manager
for several Lincoln grocery stores.
Although the wholesale price
went up, Bruce said die retail price of
turkeys will stay the same at his
stores so the price will remain com
Bruce estimated his stores will
lose 30 cents a pound, up from 25
cents last year.
Whether stores make a profit,
Nord still encouraged people not to
“I think it’s arbitrary the way we
decide what should suffer and what
shouldn’t,” Nord said. “If an animal
is suffering, we should do whatever
is possible to stop it.”
report Y2K- readiness
Y2K from page 1
§cenario would be a total blackout last-"
ing from 24 to 48 hours, Pelter said.
The chances of a power outage are
slim, however, because the intercon
nect will be functioning with 50 per
cent excess capacity on New Year’s
Eye, Pelter said.
Jerry Brandenburg, a representa
tive of Norris Public Power, said he felt
so confident about the state of pre
paredness on the part of power compa
nies that purchasing a generator just
for Y2K wouldn’t be necessary.
“Don’t go out and buy standby
power generation just for Y2K,” Pelter
said. “I don’t think it would be worth
Even though the service providers
feel ready, all will be functioning with
extra personnel on New Year’s Eve and
have contingency plans they will carry
out if large glitches occur.
Ahlberg said the contingency plan
for his office is similar to plans that
would be carried out in the case of a
“Our contingency plans are the
same as they are in the spring; all you
have to do is cross out tornado,”
Potential shelter sites have been
identified, and alternate water supplies
exist, he said.
Various agencies are ready to do
their part in assisting with Y2K issues
because law enforcement will be busy
with millennium partiers.
“Law enforcement is going to be
strapped,” Ahlberg said. “Everybody
that can have a party is going to have a
Part two of the Y2K workshop will
focus on what individuals and families
can do to be prepared for the millenni
It starts at 7 p.m. on Monday at the
Lancaster County Extension Office,
444 Cherrycreek Road.
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Research: Grazing may be cost effective
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examining the combined findings of
both studies, Schacht said
The first study was conducted by
West Central Research and Extension
Center employees Don Adams, a UNL
professor of animal science and nutri
tionist beef range systems, and Dick
Clark, a UNL associate director and
professor of agricultural economics.
It showed that the costs of feeding
and harvesting hay for cattle decreased
when die cattle were allowed to graze,
instead of relying on harvesting the
grain for feeding die cattle later.
The second study, conducted by
Adams and Schacht, found that if the
cattle were allowed to graze in the
spring and early summer months, the
hay crop would not suffer.
Ranchers still rely on hay for feed
during the winter months, and stop
ping the grazing period in early sum
mer allows the hay crop to produce a
high yield at harvest time.
“We know on the Sandhill range
land, grazing is the best type of way to
utilize the resource,” Volesky said. »•
All of the studies have been con
ducted at the 13,000-acre ranch work
ing with the Gudmundsen Sandhills
Laboratory managed by the
University of Nebraska’s West Central
Research and Extension Center in
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