Bernard Matthews will be paid around €800,000 for
turkeys which had to be killed after the bird flu outbreak.
After the H5N1 virus was found in the farm at Holton, near Halesworth, a
month ago, 159,000 turkeys were culled in line with European rules to stop the
spread of disease.
Despite some irregularities found at the farm Bernard Matthews
entitled to receive compensation from the government. The
Animal Health Act 1981
the owner of healthy birds killed for disease control should be paid at their
value before they were killed.
As 7,000 birds were infected, the company will get
compensation for the remaining 152,000 birds. Defra
figures say that eight-week-old - the age of the
birds when they were killed - birds in "intensive turkey rearing operations such
as those undertaken by Bernard Matthews" are worth from €5.17 to €5.50 depending
if it were hens or toms. It adds up to between €786,000 and €834,000 for the
A company spokesman said: "Bernard Matthews can confirm it will receive
compensation from Defra for culling healthy turkeys following last month's
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