New food safety films for venison sector now online

Three food safety films specifically to highlight potential high risk areas of contamination in the venison food chain are now available online.  The three films, titled The gralloch on the hill, Essential red deer larder work, and Field dressing a roe buck have been produced by the Scottish Venison Partnership, Scottish Quality Wild Venison, and Scottish Natural Heritage (Best Practice Guides) in order to increase awareness about contamination risks and steps that can be taken to prevent this.  The three films, made by Pace Productions,...

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Higher winter mortality expected in wild deer

ADMG is warning that, given the recent cold spell and conditions through the winter months, there is a possibility of higher deer mortality this spring than in recent milder winters. Richard Cooke, Chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups, says: We have heard from some Deer Management Groups that deer in their areas were found to be in poor condition during the hind season and this cold spell will be hard for them, particularly if it now turns wet....

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Joint letter from rural organisations to Scottish Government highlights concerns over reintroduction of non-domestic rates for shootings and deer forests

Rural organisations have written to Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries setting out their concerns for the sector following the reintroduction of non-domestic rates on shootings and deer forests. Scottish Land & Estates, Confor, Scottish Countryside Alliance, NFU Scotland, BASC, ADMG, and SACS have written a joint letter to Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, and Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution. The letter expresses concern that the re-introduction is being...

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Scottish Deer Health Survey 2017 – 19

Deer stalkers and deer managers across the uplands and lowlands are being encouraged to take part in the Scottish Deer Health Survey, possibly the largest research programme ever of this type in the UK, to establish the prevalence or otherwise of a number of health risks across all of Scotland’s wild deer species. The research project, which runs over two years and is funded by Food Standards Scotland and the Scottish Government, is being undertaken by the Moredun Research Institute and Edinburgh University, and is supported by Scotland’s...

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The ongoing Assynt deer situation

ADMG does not in principle oppose the use by SNH of its statutory powers as a last resort where a DMG is unable to bring all of its members into collaborative management conforming to an agreed Deer Management Plan. SNH was criticised by some during the recent deer sector review for not using all of its 1996 Deer (Scotland) Act powers, mainly Section 8 Control Schemes, in circumstances where such a course of action might have been justified. SNH has now determined to take a more assertive approach and is clearly seeking candidate...

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ADMG at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair 2017

ADMG had a really good three days at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair from 30 June to 2 July with a busy stand, shared with LDNS, which this year focused on Deer Management Planning and Habitat Impact Assessments. There was a good level of interest from both members and the general public and some useful conversations with Agencies and others including a visit from the new Chair of SNH Mike Cantlay.  The first day of the event fell the day after Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, had given her direction to what happens...

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