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Frozen Turkey Prices Surge 16% as Flu Culls UK’s High-End Birds

  • Worst-ever outbreak wiped out 40% of outdoor turkeys so far
  • Farmers raise about 1.5 million free-range birds for Christmas
Free-range turkeys on a farm near Dorchester, England.

Free-range turkeys on a farm near Dorchester, England.

Photographer: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Britons wanting a free-range turkey for their Christmas Day feast may have to settle for a budget bird instead.

About 40% of outdoor turkeys raised for the holiday have been wiped out by the UK’s worst avian flu epidemic ever, said Richard Griffiths, chief executive of the British Poultry Council.