Alongside the Geese, there is a strong demand for our free range "Munns Goose Fat", which is becoming very popular with the public thanks to many celebrity chefs using it on their television shows.
With its relatively low proportion of saturated fatty acids when compared to other animal fats such as dripping or lard, it’s not hard to see why many more people are turning to this product. Generally speaking more goose fat is eaten in mainland Europe, than here in Britain and none more so than the population within the Gascony region of France where goose and duck liver, along with goose and duck fat, form a staple of the regional diet.
This region has the lowest levels of heart attacks of anywhere in Europe. This phenomenon has recently gained international attention as the French Paradox. We are not saying that the additional longevity of the people of Gascony is due to the consumption of goose/duck fat but it’s certainly doesn’t seem to be doing them much harm.
We started rearing “Free Range geese” in 1999 starting with 20 birds hatched out from locally purchased eggs in our own small incubator. These birds were the ultimate in “free range”. We had no fence at all in those days …!!! Sometimes we would not see the birds during the day after they were let out in the morning, until it was feed time in the evening, and time to be shut up for the night as a safety measure against foxes.
We have progressed a little since then, our birds are still Free range but are confined on to about 8acres by a peripheral stock fence, surrounded by an electric fence to keep foxes out. Unlike those early days however the birds are now allowed to stay out, or come in at night, depending on what they decide themselves. The installation of the surrounding electric fence means that they are now safe 24 hours a day from those bushy tailed predators…!!