Utah turkey growers have something to cheer about, says the Utah Agriculture Department, with the value of turkeys produced in the state last year up to $49 million, an increase of 28 percent over 1987.

The number of birds, 3.9 million, was up just 5 percent, said DelRoy Gneiting, state agricultural statistician.The big difference, Gneiting said, was in the average price, which jumped from 42 cents per pound in 1987 to 54 cents.

Chicken value was also up, with 1988 sales of $287,000 representing a 25 percent increase, he said. Production was up 12 percent to 4.3 million pounds, and prices increased from 6 cents to 6.7 cents per pound.