Watch our organic turkeys pecking in the pasture

It might seem a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but here on the farm, preparations started months ago. All the classic winter veg are growing, our shelves are filling up with festive treats, and the stars of the show, our beautiful organic turkeys, are coming along nicely.

We choose the much-celebrated Bronze breed: a slow-growing traditional breed with an outstanding natural flavour. They are all reared on three small organic farms: Bower Farm near Reading, and Otter Valley and Frenchbeer Farm, both near us in Devon.

Not everyone realises that organic offers the highest standard of animal welfare of any farming system – including free range! We popped by to see Ross Gardener at Otter Valley this week. Watch our video to see his beautiful birds pecking happily in the pasture for yourself…

Because our turkeys come from just three small family farms, there is a very limited supply, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Make sure to pre-order your organic turkey early for the big day!

8 responses to “Watch our organic turkeys pecking in the pasture

  1. No offence, but the life of a Riverford Christmas turkey is a very sad one.

  2. Made me cry

  3. I’m sure the welfare standards are high and the birds have as good a short life as any “food item” can have but -at the end … Are they killed on the farm? Are they aware that their fellows are being killed? Or, worse, are they transported in a lorry to somewhere where nobody gives a damn about them ? Just give me nuts and lentils.

  4. I can see where the 3 people who commented so far are coming from. However, I think that if you are going to eat meat you should know EXACTLY what you’re doing, and this includes seeing them live — or domestically caring for them. Also eat the lot — only necessary waste. If you can’t do this, be veggie.

  5. go veggie

  6. Vivien Cruickshank

    I agree that these turkeys have a better life than most, but it would have been better if they had never been born at all and the christmas dinner was a lovely nut roast with all the trimmings.

  7. Thanks for the video! It reminds me that we are privileged to be able to choose to eat from such a broad range of foods, including meat and poultry, and of the even greater privilege to be able to make choices in accordance with our own tastes, circumstances and consciences that, because of businesses like Riverford, we are able to do ethically. Seasons greeting to all whether you choose to go veggie or, like me, are looking forward to an organically reared turkey for Christmas.

  8. I agree with Sheila Brown. If we choose to eat meat, and are able to eat organic, it follows that animal welfare from hatch to despatch is the highest priority because that is part of what is required to be able to legally claim organic status.
    And I agree with Linda Evans that we should eat it all, including making stock or soup from the giblets and carcase. Not to do so would be disrespectful to both the bird and the producer.

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