Nempnett Turkeys 2021
Special Edition

Organically Fed  /  Pasture Raised  /  Designed by Nature

 

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On a mission to find a better way to produce amazing food that doesn't harm the environment and our soil, learning how turkeys live in the wild, we have come across a turkey production model which closely mimics a turkey's natural behaviour and we had to try it. Boasting the highest possible turkey welfare, with the least environmental impact, this really is quite special.

What makes it different?

Organically fed

For the first 6 weeks these turkeys start of the same as our other turkeys in their warm, cosy brooder. The only difference these turkeys arrive a good month earlier and are fed an organic feed free from any chemicals, GMO's, antibiotics etc (all the nasties!) and produced on smaller more sustainable farms, which aren't contributing to deforestation and is kinder on our environment. 

Shed free turkeys 

When they are 6 weeks old and have all their feathers they get moved out onto our diverse pastures. Now this is the bit that makes them different, they don't have a fixed building or fixed range area, its all mobile. This means they live truly outside for the remainder of their life. Getting moved to a fresh patch of pasture every couple of days. Instead of a fixed building to run back to, these turkeys have a mobile shelter full of perches which allows them to perch up high, as they 

would in the wild in trees, this is a more natural way for the turkeys to roost and sleep at night. From first light to dawn every single one of these turkeys will be out on the pasture, foraging for bugs, grasses and weeds (if you call them that!).

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Raised in the summer 

Turkeys originate from the more temperate climate in the Americas. As these birds are living totally outside with no shed they are exposed to our wonderful British weather. They can cope with any kind of weather during the summer months but our winters aren't always so kind.

 

So to resolve this problem and be more natural we've decided to raise these turkeys earlier in the year when the days are at their longest and grass is growing its fastest and the insects are most active to give these birds the best possible environment to thrive in. We will grow these birds slowly and process them before the weather turns in the autumn. We will preserve them by freezing them as soon as they are processed which will lock in all of the summer goodness. The problem we do have is we all associate frozen turkey with cheaper, mass produced, supermarket turkeys which ultimately are lower in quality and don't taste as good, but this is down to how it was produced and processed not because it was frozen. 

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Other benefits of this model..

This model has other benefits like the fact that all of the infrastructure is mobile which means we can put our turkeys anywhere on the farm. Turkeys are excellent foragers and can consume a lot from the land, up to 40% if given fresh ground regularly, they enjoy weeds and so can help to control weed problems without having to use any chemicals. 

We strongly believe that raising these birds in the summer, outdoors and freezing them is a more natural model for the birds, offers the highest possible level of welfare and is better for the health of our soil. If we have healthy soil we will produce healthy and delicious food. 

Why more expensive?

We appreciate there is a fair price increase of these birds, this does not mean we are trying to make any more money, this is simply the additional cost of the organic food. Although not a certified organic farm we do strongly feel that organic feed is grown from healthier soil and is much kinder on the environment and better for our health because of the absence of chemical inputs and GMOs. Eating organic might mean our food costs more to buy but at least its not costing the earth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, please feel free to get in contact if you would like to have a chat or have any other questions.