Goose producers head for Shropshire

Published 9 October 2012

Goose producers from around the UK and Ireland will be heading to a Shropshire farm on Wednesday October 17 for the British Goose Producers’ annual farm walk hosted by the Brisbourne family who supply more than 60 butchers and farm shops around the Welsh Borders.

William Brisbourne has been rearing geese at Broomhill Farm at Nesscliffe, near Shrewsbury, since he left school in 1979 and today he and his wife Jennie produce 1600 for the local Christmas market.

Two years ago they gave up milk production and have now converted some of the former dairy buildings for processing the geese and also bronze turkeys and Cobb chickens.

In addition to supplying butchers and farm shops, the couple have built up their own substantial farmgate sales. “Many of the faces we see at our Christmas collection days are customers who’ve been coming here for geese for many years — indeed, the next generation too in some cases,” said Jennie Brisbourne.

Visitors to the farm will see how the poultry enterprise combines with arable cropping, rearing dairy heifers, beef cattle and lambs — and also with the family’s Ness Strange Stables where William’s brother Mark has been leading trainer at Wolverhampton seven times and at Chester in three of the last eight years.

You are invited to attend the farm walk which begins at 10.30 am and will provide good opportunities for photography and interviews. You will find the event at Broomhill Farm signed off the A5 Shrewsbury — Oswestry road (post code SY4 1AX). Please let us know if you will be attending by e-mailing or phone 0780 308 6462.
William and Jennie Brisbourne