Essex-based FarmGate Hatcheries have announced a doubling in output of their Super Mini Special poults to achieve hens that will meet the demand for 4kg (8.8 lb) oven-ready turkeys when grown to full maturity from 22 weeks plus.
“This will guarantee the 4kg weights which are so hard to get from other small breeds grown from June hatches,” said the managing director of the Danbury-based hatchery, Paul Kelly (pictured above).
“It has been tried and tested, and is perfect for guaranteeing the 4kg oven-ready weight band with stags giving great 6 to 8kg oven-ready turkeys.”
He also said that poult prices, which were reduced in 2015, are being held at the same level this year.
“The need for continued investment to meet the requirements for more and more audits, along with insurance costs for avian influenza and new pension provisions, have offset the feed price reduction,” said Mr Kelly.