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  • 22-12-2015 2:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 12,281 ✭✭✭✭

    Raising turkeys was a very profitable sideline enterprise at one time, but as it became commercialised small scale rearing wasn't as profitable.

    Therefore I was surprised to read about someone rearing free range kale fed turkeys on a small farm, now the turkeys were not cheap a 6k turkey costs 60 euro, he has to pay a processing plant to process them and he had about 1000 birds. Do you think there would be much profit in it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,313 ✭✭✭✭Sam Kade

    The hardest part is getting a market for them, there's only a certain timeframe to get them sold before Christmas.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,565 ✭✭✭memorystick

    Just read about the situation in Monaghan. On a different note, is there a market for live turkeys or is that a thing of the past? I remember there used to be a live turkey auction in Maynooth mart every December (I think).Another nice little earner gone by the wayside.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,250 ✭✭✭SouthWesterly

    People wouldn't know how to process them.

    Did chickens a few years ago for my freezer. I got over the fact I reared and killed it after the first mouthful 😁