Below is a statement from Matt Cook, Norbest President and CEO, in response to undercover photos taken at a farm that contracts with our company, which were publicly released on November 20, 2017.
“We are committed to the care of our birds and have well-established animal care standards. It is difficult to comment on specific photos without additional context, but clearly some of them are deeply disturbing and I asked our team to immediately investigate.
Our animal care team had documented violations at the farm in question and required corrective action before we learned of the disturbing photos. On November 1, the owner of the farm was advised he must correct all violations before we would consider returning birds to his care. We took the additional step of formally suspending our contract with the farmer.
Our animal welfare policy and mandatory training make our expectations crystal clear. Our policy states, ‘Animal abuse in any form will not be tolerated by Norbest Farms. Failure to abide by the Norbest Farms Animal Welfare policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including employment or contract termination and where appropriate, prosecution under applicable laws.’
We provide training and support to the farmers who join the Norbest family because topnotch animal care is important to us. That’s also why we regularly inspect every farm. I appreciate the willingness of a respected veterinarian, Dr. James Trites, who has assisted us with training and inspections, to make a statement about his interactions with our team. His statement is posted on our website.
Although it’s reassuring to know our team identified a problem and did the right thing by requiring corrective action, I am deeply disappointed that our standards were not upheld by the farmer in question. We will re-examine every step in our training and inspection process to determine whether there is more we can do to guarantee our animal care standards are met. My goal is to prevent such an unfortunate situation from ever being repeated.”
Norbest turkey production practices are humane, with the health and comfort of the birds of paramount importance. This is always in the best interest of the turkey rancher, both from ethical and economic vantage points. Turkey shelters provide maximum protection from predators, disease, and bad weather.
Turkeys are fed a balanced diet comprised mostly of corn, soybean meal, minerals and vitamins. Fresh water is available at all times. On average, it takes 84 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey. Turkeys are not fed growth hormones to make them grow faster. These are federally banned for use in poultry.
For treatment of disease or illness, approved medicines are used at therapeutic levels under USDA and FDA regulations. Birds are not allowed to be processed until after a period of time long enough to prevent any residues of these medicines remaining in the meat. Norbest does not use, nor does our drug policy permit, the use of ractopamine, nitarsone, or the routine use of medically important antibiotics.
One of the best strongholds of animal welfare in our culture is the rancher / farmer. Our ranchers love the close, daily contact with animals. As ranchers tend poultry, guaranteeing their health and welfare, the animal provides the high quality foods.
Today, U.S. animal agriculture is a dynamic, specialized endeavor, the envy of the rest of the world. Only in America can 3% feed 100% of the population as efficiently as we do. The key to this efficiency? The best cared for poultry in the world. Turkey production has become a science. Improved animal housing, handling practices, and healthy, nutritious feeds are the result of the ongoing finance of research into how to raise the healthiest birds.
As American animal agriculture grows and changes, there is a double constant: Ranchers' concern for the welfare of the animal, and their dedication to providing the highest quality, safest food in the world.
See the National Turkey Federation website for more information on turkey growing in America.
Norbest - Application for Employment Process
You can view employment opportunities online at: www.norbest.com/open-positions
If you are interested in employment with Norbest, please fill out the online application or come to our HR office located on 350 South 300 West, Moroni UT 84646 to complete an application. (The Moroni Processing Plant Front Office is no longer distributing blank applications or accepting completed Applications for Employment from prospective candidates. ALL completed applications must be submitted to the HR Office.)
For an Application for Employment click here for English, click here for Spanish. If we don't currently have an open position in your area, you may submit your application or resume for consideration for future openings. We will file them for 12 months following submission.
Reina Torres, the HR Administrator, will review all applications received within 48 hours and will follow up with qualified candidates to schedule appointments.
Her contact information is:
Cell (435) 262-9478
Norbest – Proceso de Solicitud de Empleo
1) Si usted está interesado en obtener empleo con nosotros, por favor venga a nuestras oficinas de Recursos Humanos ubicados en 350 South 300 West, Moroni UT 84646 para completar una solicitud de empleo en nuestras oficinas.
2) La Oficina de Recepción de la Planta de Procesamiento de Moroni no podrá distribuir aplicaciones para empleo o aceptar solicitudes completas para empleo de candidatos interesados en trabajar con nosotros.
3) Todas las solicitudes completas para empleo deben ser presentadas a la Oficina de Recursos Humanos.
4) Si actualmente no tenemos una posición abierta en su área de interés, usted puede presentar su solicitud de empleo o currículo vitae para consideración de futuras aperturas por las que usted piense que está cualificado. Mantendremos su solicitud de empleo o su currículo en archivo durante 12 meses después de su presentación.
5) También puede completar una solicitud de empleo en nuestra página de web. Para una aplicación en inglés, utilice este enlace: https://www.norbest.com/applications/English Para una solicitud de empleo en español, utilice este enlace: https://theapplicantmanager.com/application/Spanish
6) El Administrador de Recursos Humanos, Reina Torres, revisará todas las solicitudes de empleo recibidas y lammara a los candidatos en las 48 horas de haber recibido las aplicaciones para dar seguimiento a los candidatos y para programar tiempos para venir a las Oficinas de Recursos Humanos.
Su información de contacto es:
Celular (435) 262-9478
Do You Have Questions about Turkeys?
Do You Have Questions about Gift Certificates?
Norbest offers two (2) types of gift certificates. Select a certificate for a Whole Turkey by weight, or chooose a certificate for Turkey, Ham or Veggies by dollar amount.
How Do I Contact You If I Have Questions?
Visit our Contact Us page and find the contact info for your needs. Reach out we would love to talk to you.
More than 40 independent ranching families work together to produce turkey for Norbest. We value hard work and take pride in bringing wholesome products to the world’s table. View some of our stories below.
Matt Cook - Norbest Turkey
Scott Hintze - Norbest Grower
Jason Christensen - Norbest Grower
Troy Prestwich - Norbest Grower
Gary Cox- Norbest Grower
Thomas Cook - Norbest Grower
Dave Williams - Norbest Grower