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TURKEY PLANT WILL PROCESS 100,000 POUNDS PER DAY

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The Moroni Feed Co. is gearing up to produce 100,000 pounds of special-processed turkey per day at its Salina plant, some of which will be products not now produced by the firm.

Among the new products will be ground turkey, steak products, smoked turkeys and cooked products like gourmet turkey ham. All school lunch and military contracts will also be filled at the Salina plant, said Joe Nielsen, company manager.The Moroni Feed Co., with headquarters in Moroni, Sanpete County, produces about 76 million pounds of turkey annually and is one of the primary stockholders of Norbest, marketing products under that name. The fastest growing single item selling in the Norbest system is Sweetheart Breast, made by the Moroni Feed Co., it was reported.

Moroni Feed bought the Salina plant and turkey farms in Sevier County. Officials expect to increase the number of breeding hens on Salina breeding farms by 13,000 to 20,000 in the spring of 1991.

A decision was reached recently to consolidate operations with Orlopp Turkey Breeding Farms. This freed up one of the farms owned in California that is now being sold, allowing primary breeders to flow into Utah for the coming year.

Company officials won't raise commercial turkeys in Sevier Valley. Birds kept in that area will be primarily breeding stock. This stock will supply about 100 growers in Sanpete County with the five million birds which will ultimately be processed at the Moroni facility.

As processing expands at the Salina plant, more machinery will be needed, Nielsen said.