A turkey weighing in at a massive 65lbs has been auctioned for charity raising £900 to help farming families in crisis.

The turkey was supplied by Surrey-based butcher F Conisbee & Son which said it was the heaviest they had ever reared.

The auction peaked at £450 for the bird with the winning bid made by a hotel owner from Sussex.

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Normal-sized turkey on top of a giant turkey

That figure will now be doubled to £900 after another farming company, Duffields Animal Feeds, stepped in to match the bid.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, which provides about £2m a year in grants to help rural families cope with financial crisis caused by issues such as illness, accidents, animal disease or floods. 

The auction took place at the South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre in Ardingly, Sussex, on 17 November.

Speaking after the event, butcher James Conisbee said he was pleased by the generosity of the bidders.

“We were surprised by how much it made.

“A turkey that size would probably retail for £100 and sell at wholesale for much less,” Mr Conisbee said.

F Conisbee & Son is the oldest family butchers in Surrey, based in East Horsley near Guildford.

It was established in 1760 and is run by the ninth generation of the Conisbee family.

Most of the meat they sell comes from their own farm.

This Christmas, Conisbee & Son will rear about 4,500 turkeys.