It would be remiss of us not to give our White Turkeys the credit they deserve – in many ways these birds are the workhorse (or workturkey) of the industry, as the most widely raised breed of domestic turkey.
Our turkeys are reared here in Yorkshire from one day old, in open air barns flooded with natural light. They have fresh bedding every day; a continuous water supply; and the heating is generated from our Biomass boiler which is fed with recycled woodchip, making it 100% renewable.
They are very strong and hardy birds, with a very high climate tolerance and a docile temperament. They have shorter breast bones, allowing the development of a larger breast – therefore they produce more breast meat, giving you a better bang for your buck!
Our traditional breed is more mature at the time of slaughter meaning there are larger amounts of intramuscular fat making for that all important succulents – this is just one example of how we breed for quality rather than weight, which is the goal of the majority of commercial breeds.
As you can see from the picture above, their pin feathers are less visible when the carcass is eventually dressed, as they are white in colour, making them the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table.
They are fed the same mix of feed as our Bronze birds, which consists of grain cereals sourced from local farms and made exclusively at Milford. This not only reduces our food miles to close to zero, but ensures we are able to monitor and tweak their diet down to the last grain. (We all like the old cheeky bowl of cereal late at night).