Letters: Christmas vote for turkeys

I read your article (You see a carcass, I see a feast, 15 December) with increasing irritation. I grew up behind the iron curtain and my grandma could make a tasty dinner out of almost nothing. Because I was so used to living like that, 50 years later I still cook in this way; you can’t forget. To throw out food is a big no to me. The chicken carcass makes a very tasty soup – add some veg, little spicy dumplings and you’ve got another meal.
Helena Johnson

• Your report (Data blog, 14 December) is misleading about turkey meat production in this country. Turkey production is, in fact, increasing and is at its highest level since 2006. In 2012, despite a minor slide in October, production overall is up 13% in the first 10 months, compared to last year, and per capita consumption is up 20% in the first quarter. This reversal in decline has been, in part, driven by supermarkets giving more shelf space and including turkey meat in promotions. Also, British shoppers are increasingly eating turkey throughout the year as they recognise it as a tasty, healthy and affordable option at a time when they are facing increasing pressures on their pockets.
Chris Dickinson
Poultry adviser, NFU

• In Country diary (11 December), John Vallins describes life on a dairy farm. What isn’t mentioned is that a few days after birth, calves are removed from their mothers causing great distress to both. Bellowing may continue for days. Male calves, being an unwanted by-product of the dairy industry, are shot at birth. A somewhat less idyllic image.
Yvonne Nicola
Tiverton, Devon

• I thought “midweek supper” was to be read as “country supper” in Richard Caperon’s complaint about the price of venison (Letters, 17 December). Venison is always deer. LOL
Rev Tony Bell
Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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