EAST END FARM POULTRY
We want to produce the best possible turkeys at Christmas this means choosing the best breed , using the best food, providing the best housing and grazing . After over 60 years of producing turkeys we are still striving towards this goal.
In the past we used bronze and white turkeys, bronze for the larger sizes, whites for the smaller sizes. In those days the bronze were long legged and poor breasted, they were phased out as the white breeds improved. We now find no difference between white and bronze feathered turkeys. We therefore have decided this year to include both types of turkeys to ensure we now have a good selection of finished weights for our customers.
We have mostly hen birds as they have a better bone to meat ratio. The birds are about 21 weeks of age which is just right. They are mature, well finished and tender as they are not too old. Mass produced birds are often killed when they are 16 weeks old and are far too immature and lack flavour
First and foremost we always consider welfare because it is the only way to keep livestock and I think as a consequence it does improve the meat quality. Our birds have plenty of space, they have food and water available day and night and have fresh straw every day.
We use the best food available which is obviously more expensive but you can be assured it does not contain any illegal growth promoters or antibiotics. We buy our food from For Farmers, you can visit their website www.bocmpauls.co.uk
We do of course have to kill our birds and we treat this exactly in the same way, welfare first, we have trained and qualified staff who hold licences to carry out this work we are also inspected each year by DEFRA Animal Health , we treat this very seriously.
The birds are also monitored for disease such as Avian Flu and have been routinely blood tested, this has given us and our customers assurance that they are safe to handle.
Bronze & White Turkeys Grazing at Eastendfarm this year Turkeys Grazing in front of the New Inn, Roydon c1950