Utah farmers will raise an estimated 4 million turkeys this year, according to DelRoy J. Gneiting, statistician in charge of the Utah Agricultural Statistics Service.

Gneiting said the preliminary figure is 8 percent above the 1987 total and less than 1 percent below the record high level of 1974. "It also marks the fifth straight year the number of turkeys grown in Utah has increased," he said.The value of turkeys produced in Utah last year was $38 million, off 23 percent from the 1986 record of more than $49 million.