Goose producers from around the UK and Ireland will be heading to a Yorkshire farm on Wednesday October 16 for the British Goose Producers’ annual farm walk hosted by the Mathison family who are expanding their processing facilities to meet demand.
The Matheson’s have been producing geese for the Christmas market since the 1970s and are now developing the seasonal autumn demand for geese and also a round-the-year sales of free range ducks at Southfield Farm, Leven, near Beverley.
The duck sales have been expanded by introducing portion-controlled products and now goose livers, goose fat and smoked breasts are also sold under the ‘Yorkshire ducks and geese’ brand to pubs, restaurants and other caterers.
They produce up to 2000 geese for Christmas, and will this year be using the new processing and cutting plant. They pride themselves on producing birds on a completely natural, high welfare system and on the rigorous standards in processing to ensure top quality products.
Visitors to the farm will see how Stuart Mathison and his brother Malcolm fit the goose production into a mixed farming system which also includes rearing capons in traditional style on harvest stubble.