Kelly’s Turkey’s producer of the Kelly Bronze, worked closely with McGregor to help create housing for their free range turkeys.
Well-known for their love for Turkey’s, the Kelly Family, founders of Kelly’s Turkey’s have been producing and rearing free range turkeys in the UK for over 40 years.
Managing Director, Paul Kelly identified an opportunity to take control of the complete lifecycle of free range turkeys from incubation through to brooding and rearing. To assist with this process, Paul contacted McGregor to provide housing for the free range turkeys.
Renowned for the Kelly Bronze, a turkey that has been bred by the Kelly Family for over 30 years and has led to the families’ successes in the industry. Paul was highly invested in ensuring the turkeys were being nurtured in the best possible way, and had very specific requirements for the turkey housing. He needed housing that could be installed in their existing fields providing the turkeys with full access to the range, creating an environment with good ventilation and diffused natural light. In addition, the building needed to be a modular structure that could be expanded in size and moved easily if required.
The Turkey Pop-Up has now become a core product for McGregor and is favoured as the ideal solution amongst many turkey farmers.
A significant driver in Paul’s decision making process was the lead time, Paul needed these buildings specified, manufactured and installed in less than 3 months to ensure that the turkeys would be ready for the Christmas table.
The in-house engineering team at McGregor worked alongside Paul to develop the ideal housing for Turkeys. The approved turkey housing, perfectly bridges the housing gap between the climate control nursery buildings (that the chicks are placed in from day old to six weeks) and fully grown birds that are free to roam in the cherry orchards of Essex, alleviating many of the issues that free range turkey farmers previously faced. The new building titled the Turkey Pop-Up has now become a core product for McGregor and is favoured as the ideal solution amongst many turkey farmers.
Paul and many other major producers of turkeys have since regarded the McGregor Turkey Pop-Up as their preferred method of housing high welfare growing birds. To find out more about the Kelly Bronze breed visit the Kelly Bronze website.