What is the Anglian Turkey Association?

The Anglian Turkey Association (ATA) is the only organisation of its kind in the UK. Catering for the fresh turkey trade, we have producers, hatcheries, feed manufacturers and vets among our members. And despite its name the ATA has members around the UK.

The Beginning.

The origin of the ATA goes back to 1961 when the local branch of the British Turkey Federation organised a dinner in Colchester. But it wasn’t until 1974 that several small groups merged to form the organisation. The annual show and Ball has become a major event for the turkey world, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011

As other local associations have fallen by the wayside, the ATA has flourished. We now have over 100 members and friends with many based far beyond East Anglia.

The Present.

The ATA has 4 meetings a year. The programme includes a marketing meeting in September and technical meeting in October. We hold our Annual Show and Banquet in November. An overseas trip and farm visit are also organised annually.

The turkey exchange was formed over 30 years ago, this is run by Len Goodman (ATA secretary for over 20 years) and helps move around 20,000 surplus birds a year.

The Future

If you’re looking for a top quality traditional fresh turkey locally reared to the highest welfare standards, that’s exactly what you will get, if you buy from an Anglian Turkey Association producer.