We bought our first turkeys with the intention of selling a proportion of the offspring from each successive generation. The first hatch is now 6 or 7 weeks old and we shall have to decide soon whether to sell some poults or keep them until later this years and sell them then. The problem I shall have to address is whether to sell the mature birds live or dressed. I'm squeamish about carrying out the processing of oven ready birds but the real issue is my wife's belief that it's wrong to kill anything that is not threatening her life or health. If we sent away turkeys for slaughter or sold them to someone who would kill them, that would be acceptable to her. There is a market here for both live and dressed birds. I'm not yet sure which is the better market for us but I think that the dressed market would mainly be foreign owned restaurants who want the occasional bird or two around the usual festivals. We get occasional casual enquiries for live birds and I know that there is a demand forthem in the southern resort areas where they are probably kept and killed on demand for the tourist industry. So, we have to make a decision sooner or later. In the meantime, I would like to have a few views on the alternative markets from producers. Do you see a preference for one or the other? Do you sell live or dressed and why? Is the price difference worth the work involved in dressing a turkey?