Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Agricultural Economics


When the first settlers arrived in South Dakota in 1860 they found many turkeys in the woods of a ridge that forms the border between Yankton and Turner counties. They named it Turkey Ridge. The name has continued, but the turkeys are no more. When the first domestic turkeys were brought into the Dakota territory is not known. The farmers of this state have for many years raised turkeys. However, it has only been within the last decade or so that large flocks have appeared, Twenty years ago a farmer or his wife kept four or five hens and a tom or two back each fall for breeding purposes. According to Table 1 the number of birds on hand each year increased from 179,000 in 1931 to 399,000 in 1940 and then decreased to 44,000 in 1950. They and their progeny received almost no care. They usually obtained their feed around the barnyard and pastures. In this manner the poultry and feed cost were relatively low. Whatever the turkeys brought in the fall was considered profit.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Poultry -- Marketing -- South Dakota


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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