Breeding stock

Legarth - the top selling gosling in the UK - for fast, efficient growth and a high meat yield. With correct management and feeding of this large-framed goose you will achieve exceptionally good weights, low conversion ratio and an excellent finish. However, weights will vary depending on management, environmental and weather conditions from year to year.

SuperStow - a heavier strain of goose which we introduced in 2008. This larger framed bird with a greater meat-to-bone ratio is aimed at producers seeking oven-ready weights of 7.5 to 8 kg (16.5 – 17.5 lb) at 24 weeks full maturity.

The strain, has been developed by Gulliver Geese selecting from two established and proven large breeds over a number of years. Norfolk Geese and Gulliver Geese are carrying out rearing trials with the new strain, and a limited number will again be available to customers this year.

Organic - we also provide goslings for organic production. The parent stock has been certified by the Soil Association, and we are able to provide goslings from second generation organic breeding stock.

Regulations
Our breeding farms and hatcheries are registered under 'The Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1989'. Regular health checks are carried out by both the Ministry of Agriculture and the Crowshall Veterinary Services. All our breeding stock are vaccinated against the Goose Parvovirus Disease (Derzsy).

Advice on rearing
  • Geese are excellent grazers and do well on rough land
  • Elaborate housing is not needed, just shelter against sun and storm
  • Geese seldom suffer from disease but protection from foxes is advisable
  • We recommend 40 - 50 adult geese per acre
  • Persistent use of the same land can lead to gizzard worm

Care of goslings
  • Dependent on weather conditions, goslings need heat from day-old to 1 -2 weeks
  • Goslings are best kept on grass, but should not be allowed to become too wet
  • For brooding a 250-watt, infra-red pig lamp will brood 30-40 goslings
  • Suspend lamp 15 inches (37cm) above litter and gradually raise when weaning off heat
  • A surround of hardboard will keep out draughts
  • For bedding use white wood shavings or straw

Feeding and finishing
  • Use a good goose, duck or a recommended ration when young
  • Make flint grit available to assist in digestion
  • From about ten weeks reduce compound feed gradually
  • Feed a small amount of corn or pellets once a day, preferably in the evening
  • Plenty of good, succulent, short grass should be available
  • If penned, do not keep in lots of more than 200 and move pens as necessary
  • Swimming water may be allowed in early months, but not during finishing period
  • Allow 4-7 weeks to finish depending on condition
  • Keep as quiet as possible, preferably with the same person attending them
  • Finish with ad lib feed in a cattle yard, similar housing or on a reduced grazing area
 
incubators
 
day old chicks
 
day old chicks
 
field of geese