Cargill turkeys head to the White House

Two turkeys from Cargill’s Rockingham County, Virginia, facility are headed to Washington, D.C., – for either dinner or a meeting with the president.

According to a news release from Cargill, the turkeys, which were hatched and raised at the Virginia facility, are the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkeys.

Those turkeys are selected each year by the White House working with the National Turkey Federation.

The federation’s 2012 chairman is Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill, Inc.’s turkey business based in Wichita.

If tradition holds, the turkeys will get a pardon from President Obama on Nov. 21 in a ceremony at the White House. After their expected pardons, the two tom turkeys, each weighing approximately 40 pounds, are scheduled to live out their days at the George and Martha Washington estate in Mount Vernon, Va.