Standards of Conduct

America’s turkey farmers raise healthy birds in a safe environment to produce wholesome, nutritious, affordable food for people around the world. The National Turkey Federation, with the help of veterinarians, academics, and industry professionals, has established standards through our Animal Care Guidelines

Turkey producers and processors represented by the National Turkey Federation, and our members in state turkey associations, are committed to raising and producing turkeys  for safe, high-quality, nutritious food following our Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.

Our standards include federal, state and local laws that enhance food safety, animal wellbeing, protection of soil and water resources, and guide our farmers as good stewards in the communities where we work and live. Our Standards of Conduct align with ethical treatment of animals, production of wholesome quality meat, respect and value of our workers, and the wise use of land and water resources.

Working with veterinarians and generations of experienced growers, we have animal welfare standards that we follow at every stage of a turkey’s lifecycle. 




America’s turkey farmers raise our birds:

  • Free from cages with room to strut about within protective barns or with access to the outdoors.
  • Free from added hormones, which would be ineffective in feed and unnecessary within turkeys’ high quality corn and soybean diet. Federal regulations have prohibited hormone use in poultry for more than 50 years.
  • To ensure turkeys are healthy and their meat is safe to eat, medication use and dosage is prescribed by veterinarians and regulated by FDA. 

NTF Guidelines

NTF Breeder Guidelines

NTF Hatchery Guidelines

NTF Commerical Turkeys

NTF Catching and Transportation Guidelines

NTF Slaughter Guidelines

Euthanasia Guidelines

Biosecurity Guidelines


Turkey Industry Principles

Stewardship Manual

Alliance Program

The Turkey Food Service Manual