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February 11, 2017

Modesto plant supplies squab, and it’s not your common pigeon

Chinese people launched the Year of the Rooster on Saturday, with help from a Modesto business that deals in a quite another kind of poultry. Squab Producers of California is at its busiest for Chinese New Year gatherings in San Francisco and other locales. The 34-employee plant just east of Crows Landing Road is the nation’s largest supplier of the young pigeons, raised on 65 farms from Fresno to Red Bluff.

“It’s one of the tastiest, tenderest meats that you can get,” President Dalton Rasmussen said Friday at a farm southwest of Turlock. He spoke over the cooing of a few thousand squab housed in open-sided barns over their 30-day lives. Read more

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