Jade Stock

Jade Stock

Shropshire

Poultry (free-range/extensive)

TURKEY & GEESE, HEREFORDSHIRE/SHROPSHIRE BORDER: Jade runs a very seasonal farming business, rearing 150 Bronze free-range turkeys and 50 Norfolk free-range geese for the Christmas market on 7 acres (2.8 hectares) of land.

Jade’s farming year starts in June with the arrival of 150 turkey poults and 50 goslings. She rears them over six months until they reach the ideal weight for the Christmas table; approximately 4-10kg for a turkey and 4-6kg for a goose.

Jade slaughters, plucks and dresses her own birds on the farm, with the help of family and friends. They’re sold to customers locally and to a local restaurant and butchers, as well as online.

Jade is a first-generation farmer. She decided to start poultry farming following a drunken night in her local pub. She says: "About six pints and four gins down I saw the light and it was golden…turkeys that is! In all seriousness, it was a friend - the local gamekeeper. He knew how to raise turkeys and set us up with our equipment and gave us loads of advice to get started."

Jade has grown the flock from 10 birds to more than 200.

The birds don’t provide enough income to make a living all-year-round so Jade runs another company from home. She is a freelance financial adviser providing bespoke financial advice to rural communities in Herefordshire and the surrounding area.

Jade and her husband, James, have three children who all play an active part the care and welfare of the birds.

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Jade likes shopping and anything horsey, but admits her children have a better social life than her these days.