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Turkey tips: How to get the best results with your poults

Getting poults off to a flying start requires careful planning and a watchful eye. Paul Kelly, managing director of Farmgate Hatcheries, explains. Brooding turkey poults is like a disaster waiting…

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Case studies


How focus on marketing won Scots turkey farm plaudits

Turkey producer, Craig Michie, has focused on growing a strong reputation side-by-side with bird numbers, and is reaping foodie awards left right and centre as a result. We find out…


Producer puts greenhouse to clever use to market turkeys

A combination of clever management and intelligent marketing are proving a recipe for success for one Lancashire-based turkey farmer. Fresh air and good marketing may seem an incongruous partnership but…


Farmer invents small-scale gas stunner for turkeys

New rules on electrical stunning before slaughter are causing a drop in the quality of finished turkeys. Jake Davies meets an Essex farmer who believes he has hit upon a…


Species diversity rules at Hampshire poultry business

Think of a type of poultry, and the chances are you’ll be able to find it at Richard Jones’s Hyden Farm, a few miles to the north of Portsmouth. The…

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Analysis: Bernard Matthews' sale to Ranjit Singh

2 Sisters chief executive Ranjit Singh has further strengthened his hold on the British poultry industry by buying beleaguered turkey integrator Bernard Matthews. Mr Singh bought the business in a…


Strategies on the battle against campylobacter control explained

Strict biosecurity and a new rapid test are two of the strategies helping in the battle against campylobacter at Bernard Matthews, as Philip Clarke discovers. Of all the issues facing…

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Meat suppliers’ backlash over BBC vegan Christmas ad

The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (Aims) has hit back against what it calls the “creeping tide of vegan propaganda promoted in some parts of the media”. The organisation has…


Buoyant Christmas for turkey producers

Turkey producers enjoyed a good Christmas season, with some producers increasing prices by as much as 4% and many farmers selling out of birds. However, some farms found it a…


Bird flu confirmed on Lincs turkey farm

Avian influenza has been confirmed on a turkey farm near Louth, in Lincolnshire. It marks the first incursion of the virus to the UK following a migratory season that has…


Breaking news: Suspected bird flu on UK turkey farm

See the updated news on the avian flu outbreak Avian influenza is suspected on a Lincolnshire turkey farm, with Defra undertaking epidemiology testing to determine the cause of high mortality.…

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Video: £53m lottery winner to carry on chicken farming

Poultry consultant Richard Maxwell, who hit the headlines with a £53m EuroMillions win on 1 April, says he plans to carry on chicken farming, despite becoming the 10th richest ever…

Radio station under fire for "cook or keep" turkey vote stunt

Listeners of Oxfordshire-based radio station Jack FM have been asked to vote to decide the fate of two turkeys this Christmas.  They can choose to either "cook" or "keep" the…

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