Over 200,000 turkeys are farmed in New Zealand every year. Turkeys are raised in much the same way as chickens bred for meat, in that they are selectively bred to grow as quickly as possible in the shortest amount of time. Turkeys bred for meat generally reach slaughter weight between 12 to 26 weeks, a fraction of the five years they could live in the wild.
The intensive breeding of farmed turkeys means that they can no longer naturally reproduce, due to the unnatural size and weight of the males. In farmed turkeys reproduction requires artificial insemination.