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Established in 2000 We are one of the country's longest
established meat goat herds. Only High Quality goat meat taken from our
own herd of Boer goats is sold. All our products are taken from animals born on site guaranteeing the animals quality of care both
before and during slaughter. We do not import or buy in any meat so as
to be sure not to sell any products which do not reach our exceptional
Our standards are also used in the hanging and cutting of the meat which is performed by a small local
Using around 140 females we run a
medium sized, free-range herd which is able to run commercially whilst
remaining small enough to avoid intensive farming systems.
Meat production is our primary aim,
supporting breeders concerned with the preservation and improvement of the Boer Goat as a Breed.
Kidding indoors away from predators our goats then have free access to grazing and shelter for as much of the year as possible,
leading as natural a life as they can, they are only housed in
particularly bad weather conditions.
popular belief whilst the goat must have access to shelter they do enjoy
being out to grass.
As seen on
The Cockerham Herd supplied the goat meat for BBC2s Great British menu.
Top chef Michael Smith ( of The 3 Chimneys fame) cooked an African inspired dish giving goat its first ever apperance on the show.
His dish went on to Win teh overall main course and was used at the comic relief banquet
As seen on
The Cockerham Herd featured on
BBC`s Countryfile On January 9th 2011
Going under the names Cabrito or Chevon you will also find goat referred to simply as kid or goat.
Whilst goat is believed to make up 80% of the total meat consumed in the world, it is considerably under consumed in the U.K.
With a taste between lamb and beef it appeals to many people. In addition, being low in cholesterol, high in iron and ounce for ounce having less fat than chicken and about the same calories, goat is the ideal meat for the health conscious.
Much of the goat eaten in Britain is the "waste" or cull from dairy herds but increasingly the Boer Goat, a breed originating in South Africa developed specifically for its meat, is being
crossed with dairy goats or bred specially for its meat.
The meat taken from the Boer or Boer cross bred kids is
better in both texture and flavour than meat taken from a dairy animal as is
true of the difference between beef and dairy cows. For this reason we
produce only meat from this type of animal.
As one of the
longest established producers of quality goat meat in the UK we are
sadly aware of the increase in availability of poor quality cheap goat
meat. This is often taken from elderly animals or dairy kids or worse
still old sheep.
Please be aware
that goats can no more be produced cheaply in a humane fashion than
chickens can be produced humanely for supermarkets to sell 2 for £5
Please make sure
when purchasing goat meat from other suppliers that you are actually
buying good quality traceable meat from a reputable source. If a butcher
is unable or unwilling to tell you the supplier you should question its
we tried some of the chops last night and only one way to describe
them….fantastic. The quality of the meat is excellent, I really must commend you on the way you raise your animals, and it was very nicely
butchered as well."
All our meat animals are born and reared on our farm and
therefore we are able to guarantee both the traceability of our meat
and the standard of care it has received both whilst alive and after
slaughter. All our meat is produced from prime young stock between
the ages of 6 and 18 months as such it is a succulent and flavour
some meat. When well cooked it is beautifully tender and creates a
wonderful roast dinner in addition to the believed more traditional
dishes such as curries.
WHERE CAN YOU GET GOAT MEAT?
Although goat meat is readily available in the
UK it can be difficult to track down. We find that
production is far outweighed by demand, which has led us to
significantly increase production over the last few years. By 2005 we were using carefully
selected home bred does. We place an emphasis on carcass quality and speed
of growth in our selection process. Whilst 2006 saw a further increase in
production we maintain a close relationship with our stock to ensure all
animals receive the individual attention they need.
Pre ordered meat can be collected directly from our farm. We also now
offer a mail order service.
you let me know when you will be able to spare a full carcase.
The last one
I had from you was superb."
Just to say that
your meat is delicious!
We are much enjoying it - sweet and tender
So go on have a go at goat!
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