We've been buying Almond Grove White turkeys for four years and they remain the only Humane Choice Free Range certified turkeys in Australia. They're raised with great skill and care on certified organic pastures and provide an excellent table bird.
Allow app 500 gm raw turkey per person when you're working out what size whole bird you'll need.
This is not an intensively-farmed product - it's raised outside on pasture in the elements. Every effort will be made to give you a bird that is fresh and is the size you're after. However, due to the nature of pasture-based farming, we will not know exact quantities in each size range until mid-December. It's unlikely, but, if there is no other option, we reserve the right to give you a frozen bird or one that is as close to the size you've ordered as possible. There may be a price variance.
About Almond Grove
Almond Grove White turkeys are the only Humane Choice Free Range certified turkeys in Australia. They're grown by John Holland at his NASAA organic certified farm at Murray Bridge in South Australia and we've been buying John's excellent turkeys since 2014.
How the turkeys are raised
The poults arrive as day olds and are housed in gas-heated, hay bale sheds for the first three to four weeks until their feathers grow and they're robust enough to go outside. They're fed on a customised, antibiotic and medication-free formula of Turkey Starter Crumbles.
At around three to four weeks, they allowed into a small yard and then into a larger area. During this time, they are weaned off the crumbles and moved onto roller milled grain, predominately wheat, with a mixture of lupins, peas, lucerne, and a vitamin/mineral mix, also without medication. This feed is mixed on-farm so it's as fresh as possible. Along with the grain feed, they forage and graze on green pick and insects in the pastures.
From five weeks they have access to open paddocks, which are fenced with two metre high fencing, giving them the freedom to wander in and out of the yards during the day. They tend to return to the yards later in the day and are shut in each night. Maremma dogs live with the turkeys day and night, guarding them from foxes. At between 12 to 20 weeks, the turkeys are transported to the nearby Kapowie Poultry processor and then dispatched to us.
Photograph: Alan Benson. Styling: Michele Cranston