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04/09/13 10:22

Funding for deer farmers

Money for demonstration units.

Funding of almost £100,000 is being made available to set up deer farm demonstration units in Scotland in the first project of its kind in the UK.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead made the announcement, on Scottish Venison Day, as he set out the Scottish Government’s vision for the sector at the New Dawn for Deer Farmers event in Auchtermuchty, Fife.

The money comes from the Skills Development Scheme, funded under the Scotland Rural Development Programme, and is being granted to Scotland Food and Drink.

Mr Lochhead said:

“Venison is a top quality product that Scotland has at its disposal and one that has still to be truly utilised. There is a clear appetite for venison and it is vital that we look to provide the tools needed for people to move into a sector which is still in its infancy.

“The current CAP deal has not benefitted deer farmers but, after making it a priority, we achieved support for them in the new CAP and they will be included from the outset.

“This funding announced today will create two deer farm and demonstration units in a project which will be the first of its kind in Scotland, and the UK, and will secure the future of deer farming.

“It provides a unique opportunity to support farmers diversify into deer farming or for new entrants to develop a unit from scratch, and will allow those who are interested to learn and be involved in hands-on practical demonstration and on-farm training experience.”