Turkeys trot off Murton farm’s shelves

Judith Dryden, with one of the Christmas turkeys at her Murton Moor Farm

Judith Dryden, with one of the Christmas turkeys at her Murton Moor Farm

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A TURKEY farm has sold out of birds after its feathered friends flew off the shelves.

It’s been another record year for Murton Moor Farm after a frenzy of customers snapped up their birds of choice.

All 600 Kelly Bronze turkeys produced at the farm have been sold, with 100 of its Norfolk geese also destined for the Christmas table.

Business boss Judith Dryden, who runs the farm between Murton and Hetton with her family, today revealed her produce has won an international fanbase.

Last year, some of the farm’s geese were bought by a customer in Russia.

Judith, who began raising turkeys 13 years ago and geese four years ago, said the customer had come across her venture after searching for it on the internet.

The farm has also gained a cult following from children, who know Christmas is on the way when they see the huge sign in the shape of a turkey sign outside the farm.

Judith, who takes delivery of the turkey chicks at one day old, said: “As I’m going around doing the shopping, people and their kids have said ‘When’s the turkey going to appear?’

“Sometimes we put it in the field, other times at the gateway, and people look out for it.”

This year customers have been particularly interested in buying goose.

Celebrity chefs are also following in Judith’s footsteps after seeing her champion the Kelly Bronze breed at events including the Good Food Show.

Judith said: “The TV chefs have mentioned goose for the last few Christmases and that’s what everybody who’s looking for something different is interested in,

“I think people are eating duck during the year and they like that, so they look at getting a goose which is bigger.”

The turkeys were this year voted the best traditional Christmas product for the eighth year running.

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