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Training Courses 2019


We are currently planning dates for the next training course. They will be posted here as soon as possible.

The report on our course in Scotland in March is below:

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BDFPA/VAS Training Day at Cassafuir Farm, Stirling

on 2nd March 2019, kindly hosted by Jamie and Natalie Hammond.

Report by Callum Thomson, BDFPA Chairman.


The BDFPA and Venison Advisory Service (VAS) have recently joined forces to hold a training course at Cassafuir Farm, Stirling. The idea for the day was to have a small number of trainees (14) with two instructors and target the training to the current needs of deer farmers.


The delegates were split into 2 groups, one in the classroom, one on the farm, they then swapped round. with each session lasting approximately 2 and half hours.


Gareth Boyes (above) from the Ark Vet Centre, Lockerbie, a BDFPA member and deer farmer led the classroom sessions and Alan Sneddon (right) from VAS/BDFPA led the practical element.


Gareth covered a wide range of topics from welfare, legislation, gathering, housing, handling, trace elements, parasites and diseases, while Alan focused on farm layout, raceway design, handling system design and safe handling of the deer. Each delegate had the opportunity to move deer through the system, load them into the crush, and bolus 4/5 deer each.


This course was all about the delegates getting hands on experience with deer and finding out what they are like up close and personal. We think it was a great success!


It is our intention to hold another course in the autumn at Cassafuir, with the view to rolling out this format throughout the UK. 


Keep an eye on the website here for more details if you would like to join us or sign up to our training mailing list

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