Cockerham Boers Farm
Gulf Lane, Cockerham, Lancashire, LA2 0ER
Produce: Goat Meat
With a taste between lamb and beef, goat meat is delicious and appeals to many……being low in cholesterol and high in iron ……. goat is the ideal meat for the health conscious connoisseur.
Established in 2000, The Cockerham Herd is one of the country's longest established pedigree meat goat herds. Cockerham Boers Farm is a family run business headed by Chris and Sharon Peacock, whose success has come from a passion to produce great tasting, quality meat. They believe in keeping the herd relatively small so they can maintain a close relationship with their stock, which ensures all their animals receive the individual attention they deserve.
Using around 140 females they run a freerange herd which is able to run commercially whilst remaining small enough to avoid intensive farming systems.
Goat meat is beautifully tender and creates a wonderful roast dinner in addition to the more traditional dishes such as curries. A lot of the goat meat is delivered directly to customer's homes, but customer's are also welcome to collect from the farm with people travelling from around the country, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow, to collect goat meat from the farm.
Cockerham Boers Farm Championing the Goat Cause : The goat has made a big contribution to mankind over the years. It was one of the first animals to become domesticated as far back as 11,000 years ago, when Neolithic farmers came up with the concept of take away food! Today over 300 breeds of goat exist on our planet and it is believed that up to 80% of the world's population have goat in their diet.
So why is it not the regular dish of the day in the UK? It was this conundrum that lead Chris and Sharon to take up goat farming (initially just for themselves). They bought a few goats and soon realised that word was spreading and demand was growing for goat meat. It soon became blatantly obvious that there was indeed a British market for goat. Since the early days Chris and Sharon have successfully championed the cause for goat meat and they have certainly become active publicists, with features in popular Sunday newspapers and Radio 4's Food programme.
(Photos by Johnny Bean)