What does the Venison Advisory Service offer?
For prospective deer farms VAS will undertake an initial consultancy visit (half day) at a discounted rate of £180 + VAT + mileage. From this VAS will provide an outline assessment confirming whether a commercial case exists to establish a deer enterprise. This would be based on a number of factors including size and location, contour, shelter, pasture and grazing, infrastructure, condition of existing fencing, etc.
Following this short report, and if formally instructed, VAS can proceed to a Business Plan looking into the prospect in greater detail: Generally this covers:
- farm layout;
- herd growth forecast;
- management regime;
- necessary development, outlays and options;
- costs, income projections and margins.
A guideline cost for this is £2400 + VAT + expenses.
VAS can provide follow up consultancy, if required, to those clients who have commissioned a business plan as above on the basis of £60/hour (£480/day).
Alternatively, where a business plan is not requested, VAS can provide ad hoc consultancy services at a daily rate of £600 + VAT + agreed expenses.
VAS primarily provides advice, consultancy and ‘intellectual services’.
VAS can recommend other qualified businesses and contractors (for example, mapping, surveying, planning, fencing, stock, buildings and construction, product development, etc.) to take projects through from scoping study stage to completion and beyond.
VAS can suggest sources of finance where required.
VAS can also be contracted to project manage establishment of all infrastructure and to provide regular management or advisory visits for deer farm enterprises.
Who are VAS? Meet the team.