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Deer Health and Handling Course on 2 March 2019

Posted by Dick Playfair on Jan 14, 2019

A full day course on farmed deer health and handling is taking place on Saturday 2 March at Cassafuir Fam, Blair Hoyle, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire FK8 3LF courtesy of Jamie and Natalie Hammond.

The course is being run jointly by the British Deer Farms and Parks Association (BDFPA) and the Venison Advisory Service (VAS), and led by Alan Sneddon, VAS and Gareth Boyes, Millbank Venison.

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This is the first time such a comprehensive course for deer farmers will have run in Scotland. The course runs from 9.00am to 6.00pm and is limited to 12 attendees only. Costs are £200 for BDFPA members and £250 for non-members with refreshments and lunch included.

Places should be booked directly with BDFPA at www.bdfpa.org/training-courses

Next Intro to Deer Farming event at Culligran on Scottish Venison Day, 4 September

Posted by Dick Playfair on Aug 8, 2018

Following the success of the  Introduction to Deer Farming day at Innerhadden Deer Farm in July, the Venison Advisory Service (VAS) and leading Rural Chartered Surveyors Bell Ingram, have teamed up again to stage a second event on Scottish Venison Day, 4 September, this time at Culligran Estate, near Beauly.

The demonstration day will provide the opportunity to hear at first hand from professionals and experts in deer farming, on subjects including herd management and stocking, deer health, fencing and equipment requirements, finance and land management.

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An Introduction to deer farming – two demonstration days planned

Posted by Dick Playfair on Jun 26, 2018

The Venison Advisory Service (VAS) and Chartered Surveyors Bell Ingram, have teamed up to stage two Introduction to Deer Farming days in Scotland, one in Perthshire on Thursday 26 July, and a second in the north in September.

The demonstration days will provide the opportunity to hear from professionals and experts in deer farming, on subjects including herd management and stocking, fencing and equipment requirements, finance and land management.

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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.

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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.

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