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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.

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Deer Farm Demonstration Project – selection of demonstration farm underway

Posted by Dick Playfair on Dec 23, 2013

The search is underway to select a host farm for the Deer Farm Demonstration (DFD) Project that will start in Spring 2014. The DFD project is part of a two-year initiative to raise the knowledge base across Scotland’s farming sector about the production of venison and breeding stock from deer farms and parks. Year 1 of the project will comprise five demonstration days spread evenly over 12 months with presentations, hands-on workshops and training, and the opportunity for those interested in diversifying into deer farming to meet experts from the sector.

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Deer farms ambition follows growth in demand

Posted by Dick Playfair on Jul 24, 2012

Rog Wood writes in the Herald: “Scotland’s main game dealers imported the equivalent of 25,000 deer carcases last year to meet a growing demand that shows no sign of abating.” …

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