It's Turkey Time Again

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For the last ten years I have grown and reared free range turkeys at Leckmelm. The turkeys are wee characters and will often be seen nosing about the farm by the Lochside Cottages or taking a stroll along the beach.

Turkeys at Leckmelm Farm

This year we've been plucking and prepping the birds in the larder at the farm.  I am a registered slaughterwoman and was trained by the humane slaughter association.  I hope to give the turkeys the best life they can have and ensure they are well looked after and cared for.  

There's a team of 6 who work at this time of year...."Team Turkey 2016" includes people from all walks of life: a shepherd, a crofter, a lifeguard, a school leaver, a painter and Danielle who not only sorts the Leckmelm Office she is also a Mum of two and has a croft of her own where she keeps pigs, ducks and sheep with her husband.  Team turkey is a multi-talented bunch, but by 24th December we have sung along to far too many cheesy Christmas songs on the larder radio to mention....

Christmas turkeys at Leckmelm Farm, Ullapool

I love it there - particularly the walk out and up at the back of the house, with the wonderful view of An Teallach as you walk along at the top. And the neighbour's bird table was an added bonus this time. Unfortunately we didn't see the red squirrels that she said come along occasionally. Maybe another time!
Mrs H Campbellton 2

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