As we approach the annual peak period for turkey sales, the union has launched a campaign to persuade consumers to ensure that their Christmas bird is British, rather than imported from some countries with much lower standards of animal care.
The NFU has conducted a survey which reveals:
- There has been a 35% decline in turkey production in the UK over the last 10 years.
- In the same period, the number of British turkey farms and processing businesses has halved.
- The NFU estimates around 9 million turkeys will have been imported into the UK already this year, compared with none 10 years ago, accounting for more than a quarter of all UK turkey production.
- Prices for turkey meat have been under severe pressure with producers experiencing price falls of up to 32% throughout the year.
The hotline number is 0870 060 3436. It will operate from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday until Christmas Eve. Calls are charged at the national rate.