Bird flu fails to halt turkey rush

UK - Orders for Christmas turkeys are already going through the roof in Shropshire, despite fears that bird flu could result in a nationwide cull.

Although retailers are stocking up on red meats, fish and vegetarian options in case of an outbreak of the virus, Greenfields Farm Shop, in Telford, has already started taking orders to cope with demand.

Manager Natalie Walker said business was brisk as customers were ordering early.

”Last year our two shops sold more than 1,000 turkeys,” she explained.

”But judging by our order book this year we should have no problems beating that figure.

Natalie said the popular Kelly Bronze turkey was the big favourite for the Christmas dinner table, despite its big price tag.

”Three out of every four turkeys sold last year were Kelly Bronze and those that had one are desperate to order another,” she said.

”Business is brisk so it proves that people in Shropshire don’t believe the bird flu scare stories.”

Source: Shropshire Star
calendar icon 29 October 2005
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