Our chairman – John Howe
John started producing turkeys in 1976 with just 25 birds. Over the last few years he has made major investment in buildings and infrastructure and now produces 8,500 birds.
Our vice chairman – Ed Hurford
Ed Hurford has 17 years of poultry experience specialising in hatcheries and breeding. Ed joined the Cookham based Copas Traditional Turkeys team as General Manager in 2009. He is responsible for carrying on the Copas family’s 55 year old tradition of growing some of the most pampered turkeys in the business.
‘’Our commitment to growing traditional, slow growing breeds to the highest welfare standards sets us, and the TFTA’s growers, apart from the rest of the market. It is only through these time honoured methods of growing to full maturity and game hanging that the easily recognisable qualities of a Totally Traditional Turkey can be achieved.
The result is a unique Christmas meal with fullness of flavour, moistness of the meat both hot and cold, and of course the care free, self-basting method of cooking that can only be achieve with a fully mature traditional bird. ‘’
Our president – Henry Bryant
One of the founder members of the Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association, Henry Bryant was elected president in 2006.
Three generations of the Bryant family have been producing fruit and turkeys at Hernhill, near Faverham, in north Kent. The Christmas turkey enterprise was expanded soon after the formation of the TFTA and now produces around 9000 free range bronze sold to local butchers, wholesalers and farmgate customers. “The turkeys are very contented with their outdoor lifestyle and, I’m sure, benefit from the exercise,” Henry says. The fruit farm grows cherries, plums, apples, pears, blackcurrants and cobnuts.
“The TFTA brought together like minded people to develop the market and proved the catalyst to drive our turkey business forward,” says Mr Bryant. “Today the Totally Traditional Turkeys brand is a firm favourite with many consumers, recognising its guarantee of traditional quality.”
Our secretary – Emma Peters
Emma Peters was appointed TFTA secretary in 2007, becoming only the second secretary in the 23 years of the association. She has considerable experience in senior secretarial positions with companies in London, and lives at Eastbourne.