College students rear exclusive turkeys

Woodside interim farm manager Linda Kirby, left, and farm operations teaching support officer, Fran Cook, show off two of the exclusive turkeys being reared at Milton.
Woodside interim farm manager Linda Kirby, left, and farm operations teaching support officer, Fran Cook, show off two of the exclusive turkeys being reared at Milton.
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SOME of the most exclusive turkeys in the country are being reared on the doorstep of Cambridge.

The College of West Anglia are rearing the turkeys again as part of students’ studies and the commercial operation of its’ farm at Cambridge Campus, Milton.

It is the second year the college has been a franchisee for Kelly Turkeys and is the only one within a 30 mile radius.

The turkeys arrive at Woodside Farm in Milton at five weeks old and stay there until maturity. They are given fresh straw every day and have the choice of being inside or outside during the day and are then housed at night.

A food magazine produced by The Observer said they were “bred, fed and reared under optimum ethical conditions”. KellyBronze turkeys have also won numerous awards, including winning a Quality British Turkey Award for eight years in a row and most recently the Pig and Poultry Award for Welfare.

The 100 award-winning turkeys on the farm are a valuable teaching resource for the students, said Farm Operations Teaching Support Officer, Fran Cook.

Students learn about the day-to-day handling and looking after of the birds and help with marketing, distributing sales leaflets etc.

Birds reared at Milton can be ordered from the KellyBronze website from now until mid-December at www.kellybronzefarmers.co.uk/collegewestanglia or by calling Fran on 07901-260794.

Turkeys can be collected from Woodside Farm in Milton on December 23 and 24 December from 9am until 1.30pm, from Isle Campus in Wisbech on December 23 from 3pm until 7pm or from Kings Lynn Campus on December 24 from 3pm until 6pm. They are presented in a seasonal box with full cooking and carving instructions, recipes for leftovers, a meat thermometer and Christmas table decorations.

Prestigious customers include royalty, Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith who have featured the birds in their TV programmes and cook books.