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BDFPA Open Day, Stirlingshire – 29 April 2017

Posted by Dick Playfair on Apr 12, 2017

A BDFPA open day is being held at Cassafuir Farm, Blairhoyle, Port of Menteith FK8 3LF on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 09.30 – 15.30hrs by kind permission of Jamie and Natalie Hammond.  The full day event gives a comprehensive picture particularly to aspirational deer farmers about entry to the sector and getting started and includes what is sure to be an inspirational talk by Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor on a chef’s view of venison.

The day comprises a series of morning presentations followed by a farm visit with plenty of time for discussion and networking.   Cost is £20 per delegate for BDFPA members,  £30 for non-members.

The day is sponsored by the Venison Advisory Service and Tornado Fencing.

Places can be booked through the BDFPA website or e mail

A full programme for the day is available here.

Dates and Locations for Deer Farm and Park Demonstration Project 2015

Posted by Dick Playfair on Apr 16, 2015

The Deer Farm and Park Demonstration Project in 2015 will be based at a number of different locations rather than just one. Venues will be Clathic, Crieff, Perthshire, and Gledpark, Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway. There will be two days held at each location and a final day at a third location yet to be decided.


What’s Hot in Health? Let’s Talk Venison

Posted by Dick Playfair on Jan 15, 2015

An excellent new report on the health qualities of venison and the requirement and work being done to increase venison production in Scotland has been published by the Food Health Innovation Service in Scotland.

Download the report (PDF, 665 kB).

Deer Farming in spotlight at Farming Scotland 2015

Posted by Dick Playfair on Jan 15, 2015

John Fletcher is a speaker at the Farming Scotland Conference, ‘Progress to Profit’ which takes place in Carnoustie on 5 February 2015. John, a deer farmer, vet, and a director of Venison Advisory Service Ltd, will be speaking on The Background to the Recent Upsurge in Scottish Deer Farms and Venison Production.

Other speakers at the conference, which is sponsored by EQ Accountants, Bell Ingram, Thorntons Law and RBS, include Professor Nick Hanley, Environmental Economist, St Andrews University; Angus Duncan, Head of Procurement, Diageo International Supply, and Jonathan Skinner, Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year 2013.

More information.