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UK goose producers elect new chairperson

by 5m Editor
14 April 2006, at 12:00am

UK - Judy Goodman, a Worcestershire goose farmer, has been elected chairman of the British Goose Producers Association to succeed its founder chairman John Adlard who died last summer.

UK goose producers elect new chairperson UK - Worcestershire farmer Judy Goodman has been elected chairman of the British Goose Producers Association to succeed its founder chairman John Adlard who died last summer. Mrs Goodman, who has served as vice chairman for 15 years, is one of the country’s leading goose producers and recently won a bronze award in the seasonal category of the Taste of Britain Awards sponsored by the Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury’s.

The new vice chairman is Eddie Hegarty, farm manager of Norfolk Geese — the company founded by his father-in-law, the late Mr Adlard, who is recognised as the architect of the modern day revival in geese. The business he founded, Norfolk Geese, is now a partnership between his two daughters Louise and Georgia.

Mrs Goodman began producing Christmas geese as a hobby in 1982, and then began to expand the enterprise to counter the onset of milk quotas. The geese soon became a profitable part of the Great Witley farm, near Worcester, and today the family business of Goodman Brothers/Goodmans’ Geese is producing nearly 4000 for the Christmas and also Michaelmas markets. More than half of the geese, and also of the free range bronze turkeys, are sold direct to farmgate customers, butchers and food halls.

She has taken a prominent role in promoting the goose, gaining several awards, exhibiting regularly at food events including the BBC Good Food Show and last Christmas being featured as one of Rick Stein’s ‘Food Heroes’ on the Christmas special television programme.

Mrs Goodman, who is a director of Heart of England Fine Foods, has served on the board of the Dairy Council and was chairman of the MAFF Regional Panel from 1995 - 1997. She believes that the BGPA has an excellent future gaining strength from forming part of the British Poultry Council.

Mr Hegarty has, together with the late Mr Adlard’s daughters, been increasingly involved in Norfolk Geese — the country’s largest supplier of goslings — and the BGPA in recent years.

He comes from a farming family in County Mayo in western Eire, and moved to London where he worked in construction and civil engineering. After his marriage to Georgia Adlard he moved to Norfolk where he developed a construction business, and then took a role in the day-to-day running of Norfolk Geese with her father.

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