The National Thanksgiving Turkey is presented to the President of the United States in a tradition with the National Turkey Federation dating back to 1947. This year's turkey was raised by Livingston, Calif.-based, family-owned poultry company Foster Farms. Yubert Envia, National Turkey Federation Chairman and Vice President of Turkey for Foster Farms, has the distinct honor of presenting the turkey to President Obama in his role as this year's Chairman.
This year's birds are Nicholas Strain turkeys, a breed which originated in California's Sonoma Valley and are – upon maturity –prized for their thick, white, smooth plumage and patriotic-appearing heads.
Please click the images to the right to download. Photographs were taken on Friday, November 19, at Foster Farms' official "send off" for the 2010 National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate at the historic ranch in Modesto, California where they have been raised since July. Included are shots of the selected birds at Foster Farms' Wellsford ranch and images of Foster Farms' VP of Turkey and 2010 NTF Chairman Yubert Envia and Turkey Manager/Grower, Ira Brister presenting the selected birds.
More information, background and photographs of these distinguished birds being raised by Foster Farms are available at the California Agriculture in the Classroom website (www.learnaboutag.org/turkeytour).