Mark Gorton: the crown prince of turkey farming | Business

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Talking to turkeys is part of Mark Gorton’s daily life. “You can go and have a conversation with them, and when they reach maturity they will talk back to you,” he said. “We don’t have very sensible conversations but you can provoke a reaction.”

He started farming turkeys in 1987, selling a dozen birds to friends and family in the run-up to Christmas.

This year, his company, Traditional Norfolk Poultry, has produced 300,000 turkeys for Christmas dinners across the country. In the year to June 2016, it made a pre-tax profit of £2.1m on sales of £25.1m — figures that are set to increase this year.

Gorton, 49, wanted to be a farmer from the age of eight, despite not coming from an agricultural family.…



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