Now, I have been there several times (I would recommend their Pork Pies, they are amazing) and I have noticed that they have cameras all over the place, so how someone gets a large amount of meat out of a farm like that is in my mind a little odd?
Lets look at this a little more closely, 150 big birds is going to take up a lot of space, not the sort of thing you can hide in the back of a Mini, plus all the other meats, so I think you would need at least a large van, and to have them stolen in the early hours of Christmas eve means that they have really only 1 day to get rid of the birds, so I would suggest that the birds were on sale in a market somewhere well away from Cambridgeshire, maybe even a lay-by on a A road somewhere?
I can remember stopping at a lay-by in Hertfordshire once and a van was selling obviously poached rabbits, pheasants and ducks, when a police car pulled in the van took off really fast sharply followed by the cops, so maybe on an A road near you you could have got a cheap bird as you can in my local town, but thats another story, so where the hell are all the birds? My guess is that they had it all sorted before this week, thinking like a cop I think that they may have even been doing house to house leaflet drops offering birds for Xmas, then nicking and delivering on Xmas eve, no one would suspect anything especially if its in a large town or city like Manchester or Birmingham?
So the farm 'Johnson's of Old Hurst' is down £20,000, yep that's right £20,000, thats £135 a bird? Knowing the farm I know the birds would start at about £50 for a small to medium sized one, so the rest must have been in beef and lamb?
Sad to hear this story in the season of good will, which is why I will be happy to pay a little more for my meats in January and spend my hard earned cash at Johnson's in support of the farm, having said that I heard that they have a turnover of at least 1 Million pounds a year.
So, it's Christmas day, all thats left for me to say is 'Bah Humbug and enjoy your Christmas'