Surrey-based butchers F Conisbee & Son have auctioned off their heaviest ever turkey – which weighed in at a whopping 65lbs – to raise an incredible £450 for R.A.B.I.
The turkey was bought by a hotel owner from Sussex at the South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre in Ardingly on November 17.
Butcher James Conisbee said: “We were pleasantly surprised by how much it made. A turkey that size would probably retail for £100 and sell at wholesale for considerably less.”
R.A.B.I stands to receive £900 because Duffields Animal Feeds have promised to match the sum raised at the winter fayre auction. The Duffields Group produces around 250,000 tons of feed products per year for the ruminant, pig, poultry and game feed sectors.
F Conisbee & Son is the oldest family butchers in Surrey, based in East Horsley near Guildford. Established in 1760, the firm is currently run by the ninth generation of the Conisbee family. Most of their meat comes from their own farm and their turkeys are award-winners, receiving the Overall Food Award at this year’s National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards.
This Christmas, Conisbee & Son will rear around 4,500 turkeys in barns, providing lots of space and natural daylight. The birds are fed natural ingredients, without any antibiotics, growth promoters or hormones. and can sleep when it’s dark because the sheds are not lit 24/7. This encourages quicker growth but, by any standards, James says a 65lb bird is ‘massive’.
“Being a trade charity connected to farming we like to support charities such as R.A.B.I,” he added.