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Poultry farms are put on extra alert.

Turkey breeders in the Midlands have been warned to be on their guard against the seasonal menace of poultry thieves.

The Country Land and Business Association has alerted small-scale producers across the region to be on the look out for bird rustlers eager to cash in on the boom in demand for turkeys, chickens, geese and ducks.

The organisation said poultry units must take extra care to combat raiders who are quick to punish poor flock protection.

Caroline Bedell, regional rural surveyor for the CLA, said: 'Specialist poultry farms are usually well protected with modern alarm systems and sophisticated security technology.

'But they should be extra alert day and night during the run-up to December 25.

'However, it is often the ordinary farmer who rears a few dozen birds for pin money who proves to be the most vulnerable target for rustlers.

The National Farmers Union has launched a hotline giving shoppers top tips on where to buy fresh turkey direct from the farm for Christmas.

The number is 0870 8481430 and will operate from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
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