When Norfolk Geese won the challenge

Published 09 January 2018

On 6 December 2017 Adam Henson of Countryfile challenged Ellie Harrison to a race with a difference, her flock of geese racing against his flock of turkeys. Read more...

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Wet summer bodes well for Christmas goose

Published 26 September 2017

The summer of ‘goose weather’ augurs well for the most traditional of Christmas poultry, according to John Franklin, chairman of British Goose Producers (BGP). Read more...

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Kara Johnson tells us about the family's twin goose activites

Published 22 August 2017

The family business of Johnson & Swarbrick at Goosnarth, near Preston, Lancashire, will be hosting the annual farm visit of British Goose Producers on Thursday September 21. They are best known for their ducks and corn-fed chicken with a reputation among some top chefs. They began rearing geese 10 years ago and have also become one of the leading suppliers of goose feathers and down for high quality pillows and duvets. Read more...

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Smoked goose - sold out in two hours

Published 24 July 2017

Here at Carr Farm in Norfolk’s Waveney Valley we have raised Christmas geese for a few years now and they continue to be popular.

Initially it was these birds which we were seeking an alternative market for that led us to consider the potential for smoked goose meat. Read more...

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Our autumn farm walk - Thursday 13 October 2016

Published 17 October 2016

Goose producers from all over the UK gathered in the West Country farm of Oliver White near Ilminster for the annual farm walk of British Goose Producers. Read more...

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Obituary - John Lloyd

Published 23 May 2016

One of our long standing members, John Lloyd, died recently. Our condolences to his family.


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Why geese feature in new pub sign

Published 30 November 2015

Geese feature in pub names around the country - but there's only one pub called 'The Geese and Fountain' which takes its name from the feature that make the village of Croxton Kerrial quaint.


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Early signs points to keen demand for Christmas geese

Published 24 November 2015

Early orders point to an increased demand for goose this Christmas, forecasts John Franklin, chairman of British Goose Producers (BGP).


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Norfolk producer holds annual goose walk – and the Archers get in on the act!

Published 20 October 2015

Goose producers from across the country – and from as far as Ireland – flocked to Steve Childerhouse’s Great Grove Poultry in Norfolk for one of the best annual farm walks in more than 30 years of British Goose Producers.


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Goose sausages ' fantastic for summer barbecues'

Published 14 July 2015

Ever tried goose sausages?

Probably not - but they're a delicious speciality of Leicestershire goose producer Claire Symington.


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Message from our chairman John Franklin

Published 24 March 2015

Goose eggs are selling well this year at the farmers markets. Customers are making omelettes, cakes and boiling them for a large dippy egg.


Marketing Award Winners - John and Anna Franklin

Published 3 December 2014

The British poultry industry celebrated outstanding achievements and potential for excellence during the British Poultry Council Annual Awards at the House of Commons on Wednesday 3 December 2014.


BPC awards with John Franklin

Big success for annual goose walk hosted by chairman

Published 21 October 2014

British Goose Producers’ annual farm walk at the Franklin’s farm in Bedfordshire proved the biggest occasion in its 30-year history.


John Franklin BPC chairman

Farm walk promises to be biggest occasion yet for goose producers

Published 29 September 2014

Chairman of British Goose Producers, John Franklin is this month hosting its annual farm walk at his family’s farm in Bedfordshire and is aiming to make it the biggest occasion in the 30-year history of the organisation.


Why Jamie & Jimmy visited our chairman

Published 20 May 2014

Our chairman John Franklin’s family were featured in the new Channel Four series ‘Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast’ on Friday 14 February 2014.


Jamiie and Jimmy with Franklins

Fried goose eggs for an unusual, tasty starter

Published 02 May 2014

Discovered this delicious starter during visit to rural Hampshire. The Bakers Arms at Droxford are serving ‘Fried local goose egg, crumbled black pudding and onions’ – which makes an unusual and delicious starter to any meal.


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Obituary: John Homewood - Farmer with vision of the future

Published 10 March 2014

John Homewood, an Oxfordshire farmer who developed a reputation as being ahead of his time in many aspects of farming, has died unexpectedly aged 84.


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Yorkshire leading the way in putting goose on autumn menus

Published 17 October 2013

Yorkshire goose producer Stuart Mathison and country hotel Beverley Tickton Grange showed this week how to expand the market for goose by getting more chefs to put it on the autumn menu.


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Politicians helping put Michaelmas back on the calendar

Published 23 September 2013

Michaelmas goose will be served this year at the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester – a sign of the revival of this tradition gaining momentum.


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Obituary: Ann Botterill who helped revive the Christmas goose market

Published 14 May 2013

Ann Botterill, whose north Leicestershire family helped in reviving the Christmas goose market, has died peacefully in a nursing home near Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, aged 72.


Geese 'an excellent way into farming' - says new chairman.

Published 3 May 2013

The new chairman of British Goose Producers is John Franklin who has been rearing geese for Christmas on his farm in Bedfordshire for the past 25 years. He succeeds Eddie Hegarty, of Norfolk Geese, who has been chairman for the past three years.


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Shrove Tuesday at City College, Norwich

Published 20 February 2013

Shrove Tuesday - Tuesday 12 February was spent with the hotel school students at Norwich City College making pancakes using goose eggs


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Top marketing award for goose producers

Published 5 December 2012

Shropshire goose producers William and Jennie Brisbourne have won the poultry industry's top marketing award presented on Tuesday by Farming Minister David Heath.


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Seven fold appeal of goose — resilient today as through the ages

Published 4 December 2012


Geese have loved the wet - but will there be enough for Christmas?

Published 15 November 2012

As demand grows for goose as an alternative for the Christmas meal, consumers are being advised not to wait for last-minute bargains that may not be around this year.


MP takes a gander

Published 5 November 2012

Shropshire MP Daniel Kawczynski urged his constituents to 'buy local' when he visited goose producer William Brisbourne at the family's farm in Nesscliffe.


Daniel Kawczynski visit

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 and Jennie Brisbourne

Goose helping put Michaelmas back on the calendar

Published 19 September 2012

As more restaurants plan to put goose on the menu at Michaelmas — and top retailers such as Harrods start selling goose — this traditional feast and quarter day is again becoming part of the British calendar.


Putting goose on menu at City College Norwich

Published 22 May 2012

Students at City College hotel school at Norwich and goose producers are to work together in developing new recipes and in reviving an ancient Michaelmas tradition.