Download your turkey ring tone

Championing the cause of the British turkey for Christmas, the National Farmers Union has set up a special web site which not only gives advice on where to buy a locally produced turkey but also offers visitors the facility to download one of two gob

ble, gobble ringtones.

With almost 100 turkey producers listed on the site www.ukturkeys.co.uk also provides information on nutrition, cooking advice and games.

The web site aims to 'raise awareness of UK producers and reduce food miles by encouraging shoppers to buy from a local turkey producer or ask their butcher "Is this turkey British?" before they buy'.

Vice chairman of the NFU poultry board Mike Bailey said: "Over ten million birds are imported into the UK every year, some of them from as far away as South America, so we want to encourage the British consumer to 'buy local' this year - and save on food miles.

"To encourage visitors to the site we have two gobbling ringtones to download, a fantastic competition in which you could win a week's stay on an organic farm or one of ten farm fresh turkeys worth £65 each.

"As well as nutritional information, cooking advice, fun and games, the site features turkey producers from England and Wales, many of which now have their own web site, so shoppers on the look out for a turkey will be sure to find a producer near them."