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A capital investment idea for turkeys that is not just for Christmas

The business has already secured a contract with the second biggest turkey producer in the UK, Cranberry Foods based in Derby to supply 33,000 turkeys a year for the retail and commercial market.

David Brewer (41) said “My family has been on this relatively small 170 acre farm for over 60 years, farming sheep and beef cattle. The size of the farm meant that we could not expand the cattle business so I had to leave to undertake contractor work, but when Dad decided to retire in 1997 I came back to the farm. Dad died in 2007 and mum handed the farm over to me, and that was when I started to explore the potential for turkey farming. I always liked the idea of turkey farming since attending a young farmer’s event many years ago and the size of the farm could accommodate the turkey sheds comfortably.”

Anne Stuart, Barclays Business Agricultural Manager, said “Barclays Agriculture is committed to using our industry expertise and specialists to support such propositions, which are vital to a prosperous rural economy. By working closely with our customer Barclays has been able to provide innovative solutions to support David both financially and professionally. Investment in the new units demonstrates both Barclays Agriculture and David’s confidence in the continued growth and success of the business.”

David Brewer continues “I’d like to think I am a positive example of how a small farm can survive and thrive by diversifying into other areas. I would certainly recommend exploring the services of a farm consultant. We approached Kevin Edwards at the Farm Consultancy Group and looked at all the potential options to expand the farm, and turkey rearing ticked all the boxes. The biggest bonus is that I have been able to return home and continue the legacy of Gravel Farm, developing a business with a bright future.”

Paul Lane from Cranberry Foods Ltd said “We pride ourselves on identifying and supporting local farmers who are able to provide a high quality product with high welfare standards. We have been involved with David throughout the entire development to ensure all our requirements were met during the design and construction phase. We are delighted to welcome onboard another local supplier to our existing and growing portfolio of local independent turkey producers and wish them every success for the future.”