The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging the public to source local and British turkeys this Christmas.

Today (Friday, November 17) is the union’s ‘Buy my Turkey Day’ and turkey producers across the country are urging the public to consider buying from their local producer using the NFU’s online turkey finder.

NFU turkey group chair, Jonathan Smith said: “Even though it’s only November, turkey producers across England and Wales have been busy rearing and caring for their birds and preparing for the festive season.

“Turkey is a fantastic choice for your Christmas dinner, providing a delicious and nutritious meal to share with the whole family.

“By buying a British turkey directly from the farm where it has been produced, you will be backing British farming, helping a local business, and providing a boost for the rural economy.”

Smith said the NFU is aware of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on families and is encouraging shoppers to buy a whole bird when selecting their turkeys this Christmas as it “represents the best value for money”.

“The versatility of turkey meat means that once you’ve enjoyed your Christmas dinner, there are plenty of healthy, tasty dishes you can try with any leftovers to make sure all the fantastic meat is put to good use.

“Shoppers can use the NFU turkey finder to quickly locate their nearest producer and buy a turkey direct from the farm where it was reared.

“If you’re buying a turkey from your local butcher, ask them if it’s British and which farm it’s been sourced from.

“If you’re buying from the supermarket, make sure to look for the Red Tractor logo and the union flag to ensure you’re getting a great tasting British bird for Christmas, reared to some of the highest standards.”