if you’ve got a very high throughput of venison year on year as mentioned, common sense would be the key to ensuring you have plans in place to to sell on the product at a reasonable rate and pre arranged quantity, the estates in Scotland rely every bit of income they can muster. I can’t see any estate not looking forward to generate a constant income as it’s happens every year, doesn’t have to be overnight, forward planning is the key to survival.Are they in the perfect position? I don't know. However, there's never been a problem before. You can't just suddenly change everything and produce a secondary business because of a blip. Businesses take time, money and manpower to get off the ground. And what about all of the other estates and land owners up and down the land who also need deer culling? Set up businesses for all of them? Not going to happen.
doesn't matter if it’s 40 or 400 deer, getting a fair price for supply of a quality product is in the hands of the supplier to get the best deal if that means going down a different avenue so be it, pencil it in on the to do list
on my lease I grass around 10 multi aged bucks and around 70- 80 Does per season all fallow, when I got it, there was a long brick built shed with half a roof, with water and one light bulb on the site, 5 years later, all the wind blown trees are gone and managed, roof is on, a secondhand chiller, with a gralloching station is now in situ, and there is a Bothy with a small kitchen and couple of bunk beds a gun cabinet, the chiller cost £1400.00 and the rest I got done as and when I got the materials and completed the work myself I’ve retrieved the cost of everything through supplying venison to Gamedealers over the 5 years, having said that I’ve had some kickbacks, GD’s not wanting to pay, reducing prices or not wanting any venison
i completed my plan, sorted the wheat from the chaff on GD’s, only supply top grade carcasses, in the event the dealers didn’t want the carcasses I‘m already working on different outlets and ways of ensuring the sale of the venison
Things change. I don’t make a hefty profit out of the site, but it’s not a loss and I have the time and enjoyment of looking after the ground which is a bonus and I sell everything or it a goshomer if it’s knocked about
all about the 6 P’s