Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lydiard Turkeys is among the Great Taste winners of 2017

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food awards, which celebrates the very best in food and drink, has announced the Great Taste stars of 2017. Out of over 12,300 products to be judged, Lydiard Turkeys near Swindon, Wiltshire was awarded a 2-star Great Taste award, which means judges dubbed it outstanding for its free range bronze Christmas turkey the judges said “ An excellent aroma and a good level of moisture when carving. A very Christmassy nose!  Moist but not wet - texture but not tough. The dark meat has some gamey notes. Overall a good balance of texture, flavour and richness.

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Chris was asked to write an article for the local parish magazine about what we have been doing on the farm.

Below are the articles for the last few months and we will be adding each months on to this blog so keep an eye out!

Part one - August

This Month on the Farm

Mid summer is always an enjoyable and busy time on the farm. The beef cattle and calves are all out grazing so the focus is turned to making the hay and silage that will be used to feed them through the winter.  Finding a long enough dry spell to make hay has not been easy so most of the grass so far has been turned into silage (fermented grass) as it can be made in a shorter weather window. Its stored either in a silage clamp or in polythene wrapped bales.  As long as the grass has been kept airtight it is a nutritious feed for th...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

We really care about the wildlife we have on the farm. Here are a few clips that we caught on our trail camera.There are some pretty interesting and rare ones

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We officially started taking turkey orders on the 1st October and had our first order in at 12 minutes past midnight - How's that for organised!!?

I hope if you have ordered your turkey already that you found the new process easy and simple to use?

Chris has been doing quite a few press interviews these last few weeks so look out for use in the December and January issues of Wiltshire Life Magazine and also a Christmas feature in the Swindon Advertiser! The turkeys had their photo taken by a photographer for the paper last week and they were rather taken by him as can be seen in the photo!!

Don't forget the open day on Saturday 5th November, short guided tours are at 11am and 14.30pm. All welcome but please let us know if you are coming along and wear suitable footwear as there may be mud!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Not long to wait now until orders for Christmas turkeys will be taken!

We have spent the last few months working on new and exciting ideas. The most exciting one is our open day which will be on Saturday 5th November, we will open up the farm gates for a short tour of the farm and to show you why our turkeys are so different to a supermarket turkey!

Everyone is invited (but please could you let us know if you are coming and we will send you further details) the short tour is suitable for everyone but remember we are a working farm so little ones will need to be kept under a watchful eye!

Orders are taken from 1st October and I have been busy getting our new online shop up and running.

We have simplified the ordering system and you now have the option of paying in full or the usual £20.00 depos...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A huge thank you to all our customers from 2015.

 

We have been receiving some amazing feedback about our turkeys, it's so great to hear the different ways you have enjoyed them.

 

 

For us turkey farming is not just for Christmas it is a year round operation and we are always looking at ways to improve the health and happiness of our turkeys and the experience for our customers.

 

A few jobs we have planned are:

 

-Increasing the paddock and shed area for our turkeys - They already have twice the legal outdoor space required to call a Free range turkey free range but we want ours to have even more space!

 

-Planting more vegetation in the paddocks, more fruit trees and a wildflower cover crop for them to hide in and peck at.

 

- We are also working on updating the online shop to a slightly more sophis...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chris has been busy filming some 'How to' videos for our whole oven ready turkeys and turkey crowns. (Rolled joint coming soon)

We hope you will them useful, they can be viewed on our YouTube channel - Lydiard Turkeys

 

Below is the latest one ' How to cook a Lydiard Turkey crown'

 

 

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

On Sunday 1st November we opened the farm gates to a few of our excisting customers so they could come and see the turkeys in the barn and paddocks and also take a look around our processing facilities if they so wished.

 

What a great sucess it was! We had about 20 people attend and they were shown the poult rearing house (Where they live under heat for the first 3 weeks) Their paddocks (Which they go out into from around 4 weeks) their inside space and our processing facilities. We were a bit worried that we might bore a few people as we are rather passionate about our birds and do tend to rabbit on but everyone was asking questions about health, welfare and the processing.

 

The tour also included a look at my pedigree flock of Oxford Down sheep and I even had some orders for lamb boxes (av...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We are always thinking of new ways to keep our turkeys happy and healthy, usually we just throw windfall apples and veg into their paddock but as a special treat Chris thought he would make a turkey version of swingball for them! This proved very popular and it is now ther weekly treat as well as daily fruit and veg 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

This is the first time we have given our customer the option to order their turkey and pay their deposits online, and so far so good! 

 

The turkeys are all doing really well and growing bigger by the day, the dry weather we have had (until yesterday!) has meant that their paddock is still lush and green and they are spending from dawn until dusk enjoying plenty of windfall apples and a few stray tomatoes from the polytunnel.

 

Orders can still be placed over the phone if you would rather speak to me and orders can be placed until we sell out (Which is usually the beginning of December) so ordering sooner rather than later is always recommended! :) 

 

 

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