A new word in deer control and it means deer taken from one place and put through the food chain claiming it came from somewhere else. The scottish deer sector has expressed its concerns over the reports that some contractors might start to take or are already taking in deer from untrained individuals and put them through chillers as there own and claiming public moneys for them. It was mentioned at a high profile deer panel and there thoughts were that pressure of high culls and high incomes could create such a problem. Concerns were also expressed that contractors holding leases might put the deer from the lease through as contract deer. The damage assessment to FES crop has not reduced and in fact has risen slightly even though the numbers of deer cull has also risen. They are now looking in to way to make sure this dose not happen and making sure the venison industry dose not suffer any more ecoli scares with out traceability.
Any one know if this is just speculation?