On Tuesday the 12th October 2010 I visited Chestnut Farm near Tarporley in Cheshire.
I was greeted at the farm by Lucy, and offered a welcome cup of tea. I was visiting the farm to learn more about GOATS!
Marnie and Tim Dobson took on two farms that were producing beef, lamb and pork. The farms did not lend themselves to commercial beef production. Tim and Marnie decided they had to try something new. They researched the history and background to goat production and introduced them to Cheshire!
The goats are a South African breed called Boar, after several generations of careful husbandry, these goats develop a very superior shape. The meat is naturally low in fat and cholesterol, it is not game but shares many of the properties of venison meat.
In the accompanying photos,
you will see me at the farm, in the barn and on the fields with the goats. The weather on the day was great, so everything looked good. I learned a lot about goat production and the challenges that goat rearing may throw up, it was fascinating experience.
I am not certain if we will be able to offer goat from Chestnut Meats, I would like to have some feed-back from customers before we actively get involved.
Please let me have your comments and thoughts so that I can have an indication of likely demand.