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Producers - Loose Birds

Burly Cornish prop forward Dr Paul Talling wears two hats - as well as hiring himself out checking standards of welfare and crop management, this doctor of philosophy also spends his evenings and weekend rearing free range chickens, ducks and geese on his land in Harome. 

They live an idyllic life in the open with freedom to run around making for better meat. His produce is much sought after both locally and nationally, probably because Paul likes to give his birds a pleasant and interesting life, treating them, he says, as he would himself. He's even been known to sleep with his birds on occasion, especially when foxes are on the prowl...

Commanding a premium price, Loose Birds could sell more than they currently produce, but moving beyond 10,000 a year brings with it much red tape as at the moment the birds are, after a life of more than twice that of intensively reared birds, slaughtered on site.

Andrew Pern of The Star Inn at Harome is a long-time fan of Paul’s Loose Birds, going as incorporating the brand in his second cookery book ‘Loose Birds and Game’. For those of us in York, Martin Richardson sells Loose Birds poultry in his Woodthorpe butcher’s shop.


Loose Birds (Harome) Ltd, S


Main Street,

Harome, YO62 5JF

Tel: 01439 770683
Loose Birds Website

Loose Birds are involved in the following trails

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    Learn about poultry and game and taste them on a special menu from the chefs at the award winning Star Inn at Harome.
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    Celebrate mothers’ day in a family friendly environment with a truly Yorkshire menu featuring the finest Yorkshire ingredients with a lunch tailored to our guests requirements by Sue Nelson, Yorkshire Food Hero 2016.
  • Three as a bird

    Join Sue Nelson in the Yorkshire Food Finder kitchen to learn how to create a Yorkshire three bird roast with suitable accompaniments. Then it's time for lunch

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