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    Radio 4 - Farming Today - focus this week on deer

    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
    Last edited by willie_gunn; 10-11-2014 at 08:48.
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    A good interview from the BBC with some excellent replies to the questions from those interviewed.
    Thanks for posting the link.
    ATB 243 Stalker

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    Thanks Very much Willie_Gunn a nice listen and a good way to deal with deer with out the worry.

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    Yes the whole week covered deer related issues

    10th - 15th Nov

    BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today - Episodes by date, November 2014

    Also found this short clip from 2005

    BBC iPlayer - Wild - 2005-06 Shorts: 4. Deer in the City

    Chris
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    It was good I listened to it and it was very informative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    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
    The basis for my claim that Game Dealers are "having it large" at the expense of stalkers. Be they with or without SFB registration of course!

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