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Demand for SA turkeys soars as American expats celebrate Thanksgiving



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As American expats in Australia tuck into their Thanksgiving dinners as we speak, many will probably be having fun with their feast with turkeys farmed in Bordertown, in South Australia’s east. 

Native producer John Watson mentioned he was filling orders from supermarkets and butchers from as far north as Alice Springs, and all the way in which all through South Australia.

“Almost each buyer we have got has acquired one or two People that store there,” he mentioned. 

An older man is walking through a paddock among a flock of turkeys. They're ruffling their feathers around him
Turkey producer John Watson says demand has boomed within the lead-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas this yr. (ABC Rural: Megan Hughes)

Mount Gambier-based butcher Hayden Howlett mentioned he usually acquired turkey orders right now of yr from different expats as properly. 

“We now have a few Canadians who yearly get some actually huge turkeys off us,” he mentioned. 

A white & grey haired middle aged man grins in a butchers apron in front of a display case of different cuts of meat
Mount Gambier butcher Hayden Howlett is getting ready for Christmas orders to come back in. (ABC Rural: Eliza Berlage)

Each Mr Howlett and Mr Watson are actually fielding Christmas orders for turkeys.

‘Coordination to a different degree’

Mr Watson mentioned he had taken turkey orders from some uncommon locations as properly.    

“A few years in the past, we had demand for some contemporary turkey to be up at Darwin on a specific date as a result of they needed to coordinate with a helicopter that was coming in from an oil rig,” he mentioned. 

“That took coordination to a different degree.” 

Big white turkeys with red & blue heads ruffle their feathers in a paddock
Turkeys grown in Bordertown will probably be feeding American expats throughout Australia for Thanksgiving.(ABC Rural: Megan Hughes)

Again on observe 

Initially of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Watson mentioned the trade confronted some main provide points as a result of planes being grounded.

“We went for a interval from late August by way of to the top of October this yr the place Virgin did not have any flights into Adelaide in any respect,” he mentioned.

He mentioned different types of freight have been used as an alternative.

“We had an individual who specialised in animal transport … he was in a position to carry them each fortnight as an alternative of weekly,” he mentioned. 

“Each fortnight he was driving from Bargo within the Blue Mountains to Pinaroo [in SA].”

Mr Watson mentioned he was glad that common air freight flights had resumed — simply in time for the Christmas rush on turkeys.