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  When Norfolk Geese won the challenge
  The village green at Banham, near Attleborough, became the scene for a recreation of the bygone days when thousands of birds were walked to London on foot so they arrived fresh for the capital’s poultry markets.

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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  'Full English' - with our goose eggs
  A 'Full English' at the Parlour Restaurant in north London wouldn't be complete without a goose egg.

"We do a 'no subs' Parlour Full English - normally with beans in a little glass jar - but we tried putting them in the hollowed-out egg shell and fried the goose egg," recalls proprietor Jess Dunford Wood.

"We did 45 of them on a wet Wednesday night. I do love goose eggs - rich, familiar yet unusual and surprising."

The goose eggs were supplied by Norfolk Geese who describe the demand this year as 'unbelievable'.

You can vist the Parlor at 5 Regent Street, Kensal Green or on
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  Goose eggs: Award for newcomer to goose production
  Buckinghamshire goose producer David Bruce is this year’s recipient of the John Adlard Memorial Award for newcomers to the field.

He began producing geese this year after his customers began asking for geese as well as turkeys for Christmas from Collings Hanger Farm, Prestwood, near Great Missenden.

Opposite: Eddie Hegarty’s son Joseph pictured with David Bruce, winner of the 2011 John Adlard Memorial Award
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  Goose eggs: ‘Can’t keep up with demand’
  One of the largest suppliers of goose eggs is struggling to keep up with demand as consumers’ appetite for niche products continues to grow.

Norfolk Geese is experiencing unprecedented demand for eggs from farm shops and other retailers as well as individual consumers.

“We’ve never seen this level of orders,” says joint proprietor Eddie Hegarty, also chairman of British Goose Producers. “We used to sell eggs mainly for decorating, but the demand now is for eating them. We‘re dealing with orders from a dozen upwards.”... MORE

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  Geese benefited from harsh winter — producer survey
  The harsh weather last autumn had a silver lining for goose producers, according to results of the annual survey carried out by Norfolk Geese, the UK’s largest gosling supplier.

“The weather provided the perfect environment to finish the birds which is shown up in our survey as a much improved performance in the range of weights,” says Eddie Hegarty, partner of Norfolk Geese. “The geese were on average at least half a kilogram heavier.” .. MORE
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  New chairman for British Goose Producers    
  Eddie Hegarty, partner in the country’s best known gosling hatchery Norfolk Geese, has been elected chairman of British Goose Producers.

He took over from Judy Goodman at the group’s annual meeting hosted by the Goodman family at their Great Witley farm near Worcester. She has been chairman for the past four years and has played a prominent role in BGP activities for more than 10 years. .. MORE
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  Gloucestershire young producers -
winners of the 2010 John Adlard Memorial Award
At the annual BGP farm walk Eddie Hegarty presented the John Adlard Memorial Award to new goose producers, brother and sister, William and Lucy Weaver, of Perrinpit Farm, Frampton Cotterell, Gloucestershire.

They have introduced geese this year as their own ‘JollyGoose’ venture on the 500-acre mixed family farm. .. MORE
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  Goose eggs on target for Easter - despite wintry weather
  The hard winter that has delayed the arrival of spring blossoms hasn’t held back mother goose — and prospects are that there will be more goose eggs available for Easter this year.“

It is the increasing day length rather than the temperature that dictates the arrival of the first eggs and we had geese laying on Valentine’s Day this year, just as tradition decrees,” says Eddie Hegarty, partner of Norfolk Geese and vice chairman of British Goose Producers (BGP).
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  Goose newcomers award goes to Peak District    
Newcomer to farming in one of the countrys most scenic locations, Lizzie Murphy, is the 2009 winner of the John Adlard Memorial Award for new entrants to goose production.

The award, which includes a number of free goslings and specialist advice through the first year, is in memory of John Adlard, founder of Norfolk Geese and chairman of British Goose Producers (BGP) for 23 years until his death in 2005. .. MORE
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  Try a goose egg - fantastic for omelettes

An increasing number of goose eggs will go on sale this spring as producers seek to cater for growing interest from consumers, retailers and restaurants.Like the goose, the eggs are a seasonal product only available from mid February to July when days start to shorten and the geese go off lay.

The countrys largest gosling hatchery, Norfolk Geese, reports that more of its customers are keeping back birds reared last autumn for egg production this spring... MORE

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  Winners of the 2008
John Adlard Memorial Award

The 2008 winners of the John Adlard Memorial Award, David and Fiona Griffiths are pictured with Eddie Hegarty, partner of Norfolk Geese.

The annual award - for new entrants to goose production - is in memory of its founder John Adlard who was also the BGP chairman from its beginning in 1982 until his death in 2005.

The Griffiths live at Trefeglwys, Caersaw, Powys, where they also have beef and sheep on the 230-acre grassland farm.

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  Lithograph to celebrate traditional British Goose

A lithograph commissioned by British Goose Producers to mark their 25th anniversary is being used this year to promote the most traditional of Christmas meals.

They turned to the Norwich School of Art and Design, which chose final-year degree student Harry Hillier to produce the lithograph. He portrayed three classic white geese strutting through green and pleasant medieval countryside under the slogan A great British tradition. A first edition of high quality prints on German etching paper has been made for goose producers this autumn individually signed by the artist. Further prints will be seen this year in butchers’ and farm shops around the country.

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  Helping to develop Michaelmas goose market
  An easy start scheme to help goose producers take advantage of the Michaelmas market without needing to process small numbers of birds is being launched by Norfolk Geese in partnership with Gulliver Geese.

Producers will be able to order finished geese to be reared and processed by the partnership, Norfolk Goose Breeders, and then market them in their own locality to develop Michaelmas sales. .. MORE
  Hatching goslings.....
  After a successful first hatch in his bedroom of five goslings Joseph Hegarty will be hatching gosling to provide tame geese suitable as pets this year.   Joseph Hegarty
  Winners of goose entrant sponsorship

Norfolk farmers, Martin and Rosemary Jensen, are the 2007 winners of the John Adlard Memorial Sponsorship aimed at helping get new entrants to goose production off to a flying start.
Their success was announced at the annual farm walk of British Goose Producers, hosted by Norfolk Geese which instigated the award last year in memory of the group's founder chairman John Adlard
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