Eddie Hegarty, partner in the UK gosling hatchery Norfolk Geese, has been elected chairman of British Goose Producers.
Hegarty 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.
Hegarty, who has been vice chairman, said Judy Goodman had been a ‘tremendous tower of strength’ who had worked tirelessly to promote the goose sector and to make its voice heard at the British Poultry Council.
The new vice chairman is John Franklin, a BGP council member for many years, who rears geese and a range of free range poultry at Thorncote Green, Sandy, Bedfordshire, for sale through the farm shop and 14 farmers’ markets.
During the event 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.