Lancaster turkey farm rebounds after 2016 fire killed 7,000 birds

In this Thursday, June 30, 2016, a barn at Bob's Turkey Farm in Lancaster, Mass., burns to the ground. The Massachusetts family who owns the farm said thousands of baby turkeys perished in the fire. (Rick Cinclair /Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)
In this Thursday, June 30, 2016, a barn at Bob's Turkey Farm in Lancaster, Mass., burns to the ground. –Rick Cinclair /Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP

LANCASTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts turkey farm is rebounding a year after a devastating fire killed about 7,000 birds and despite the retirement of the family farm’s 90-year-old patriarch.

Bob’s Turkey Farm in Lancaster met demand last Thanksgiving despite a summer fire that razed a barn and killed thousands of mostly young turkeys.

Bob Van Hoof, who recently retired, started the farm in 1954.

His daughter, Susan Miner, tells the Telegram & Gazette is unsure about the future of the farm, saying younger people aren’t as interested in farming and the farm is not big enough to be automated.

But she also says she doesn’t see herself retiring anytime soon.

The family finished rebuilding the barn in June and has cut the number of turkeys raised from 14,000 to 10,000.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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