Pastured and free range turkey directory

free range turkeyAustralians eat more than five million turkeys each year, with demand for whole birds peaking at Christmas.

The turkeys mainly come from three producers: Ingham (owned by US-based TPG Capital) with 60–65 per cent of market share, Baiada (with brands Lilydale and Steggles), and Quast Turkey Farms.

Gobble gobble.

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Two breeds are commercially grown in Australia, the dominant Nicholas and the Hybrid. Much like commercial chickens, they’ve been bred for rapid growth and higher body weight, with birds ready for processing at 70 days. This growth and emphasis on breast meat places pressure on their legs, so they suffer from chronic leg disorders: leg weakness, joint problems and bone fractures. In intensive systems, the turkeys spend their entire lives in sheds that can house up to 20 000 birds.

While dieticians praise the meat for its low fat content, is it really healthy? For whom? Cooped up in close proximity to their brothers and sisters—this breeds disease—to prevent this requires routine antibiotics in their water or feed.

Gobble gobble.

If you do the turkey thing, buy the best you can afford. Order early and chat to the farmer about any of your needs.

Look for free range turkeys at farmers’ markets and local independent stores near you. Taste the difference and tell your friends!


Support local farmers and eat delicious fresh food to boot! Check the other directories: milk, eggs, pork, fruit and vegetables, garlic, turkeys and chickens.


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NSW
caroola farmCaroola Farm, Mulloon
Operated by Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon, Caroola Farm is a small holistically managed permaculture farm. Once strong enough, their turkeys are raised on pasture, growing out on a combination of pasture and certified organic feed. Best to order before the end of July.


VIC
deutschers rare breed turkeyDeutscher’s Turkey Farm, Dadswells Bridge
Daryl Deutscher grows and processes a variety of rare and commercial breeds at Dadswells Bridge. The turkeys are grown open-range with pens continuously shifted to fresh grassed areas. Used areas are left for lengthy periods to re-grass and diminish the chance of disease buildup.

leadoux turkeysLeadoux Turkeys, Bairnsdale
John and Judy Leadoux grow and process 4 500 free range turkeys a year in the open barns and grassy paddocks; they wish to keep their operation at a manageable size and take pride in producing a quality product.


madelaine arthur turkeysHollyburton Park, Clarkefield
Madelaine and Arthur Scott produce organic turkeys. The flock forage beneath an orchard of fruit trees, with organic layer for supplementary feed.


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Milawa Free Range, Milawa
Russell Mickle’s turkeys are grown in Milawa. Their pasture intake is supplemented by a high protein feed of mixed grain and spring water, free from chemicals and animal by-product additives. They’re available by ordering prior the first week of December.

namparra leighPete’s Pride, Ruffy
The turkeys are raised by Marj Leigh, at Namparra Leigh, a farm of 320 acres, located in the amazing tablelands in North East Victoria. The farm also runs Murray Grey beef cattle and a few sheep.


ACT
See NSW producers.

NT
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QLD
bendele farmBendele Farm, Kilkivan
Fred and Sarah Sterns are dedicated to working with nature not against it; their turkeys are free from chemical pesticides, growth promotants, herbicides, antibiotics and genetic modifications. They hand-process their birds to minimise stress.


green ag organic turkeyGreenag Farm, Cutella
Ewart and Suzanne Sylvester grow organic turkeys in a free range environment. They buy day-old poults that are raised in a shed and then moved to paddocks to roam in small groups; they are sent for processing at 12 weeks.


SA
almond grove free range turkeysAlmond Grove, Murray Bridge
John and Deb Holland raise 4 000 free range turkeys for the Christmas market. They’re raised from day old in hay bale sheds, with Maremma guard dogs protect them from foxes once on pasture. Their diet is supplemented by locally sourced organic feed.


pooginagoric free range turkeysPooginagoric Free Range Turkeys, Bordertown
John and Robyn Watson produce and process free range turkeys. They’re purchased as day old poults, kept shedded and under heat lamps for six weeks, then turned out into a free range environment. Call the Watsons on 08 8753 7213 for your closest local merchant.


NT
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WA
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TAS
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Related Elsewhere
ABC Landline: Prue Adams, Talking Turkey, November 20, 2011.


8 Responses to Pastured and free range turkey directory

  1. Susan Kyle says:

    Do you know if I can get a dressed Turkey for July

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi Susan,
      Just call the farm closest to you – they may still be producing turkeys year round – albeit a smaller supply. Are you in Victoria? I’d go Deutscher’s Turkey Farm for a heritage bird.
      Sharon

  2. Alli says:

    Hi where can I source a directory for nsw north coast area?

    Thanks

  3. John Nicodemus Kamunvi says:

    Hi
    am in Uganda.
    how can I get poults from Australia for rearing?
    I want to give it a try.

    1. Sharon says:

      Hi John,
      I don’t think you can, sorry.
      Sharon

    2. Donna says:

      Hi john I have 19 turkeys for sale

  4. Langin says:

    Hi there,
    I would like to order poults to breed them in Papua New Guinea ….. Pls assist.

    Langin

    1. Felicity says:

      Did u have any luck with this request?

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