Caught Farming Today this morning on my way up North.
Apparently they are focusing this week on deer, both farmed and wild. This is because the domestic market for venison has expanded by 400% in just over the last year .
Today's programme visited Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, which has recently brought venison processing and butchery back in-house. There was a good discussion with Peter Tildsley (the land agent) and Matthew Smith (the head ranger), talking about how they are culling 120-130 deer per annum (all in-house, with no commercial stalking) and managing all the processing. Apparently this has helped the estate to double their income from venison, whilst also helping in terms of educating the general public about the need to control deer. There was a short discussion about the merits of culling vs other non-lethal methods (i.e. contraception).
Well worth a listen - BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today, Scottish Rural Parliament, Deer, Beef Recovery