Dates for your Diary
The Association aims to provide as many educational and networking events as possible throughout the year.
Bookings can be made online, just fill in the online form if you see BOOK NOW! and pay for your place.
Members and non-members welcome on all events. Reduced rates for members will be available.
Fri 15th September 2017
New Entrant Open Day
Sky Park Farm, West Harting, Hampshire GU31 5PF
by kind permission of Pierce Noonan & Dom Strutt
Sky Park Farm is a new entrant deer farm, that is in the early stages of creating a small commercial venison unit.
The open day will cover progress on the farm and the transformation since October 2016, when it was purchased (from overgrown scrub and every conceivable type of rubbish!) to current productivity.
The farm is 77 acres and currently has 61 breeding hinds, with a further 24 yearlings and 50 calves, with a view to expanding a little over time as the acreage allows. The farm has been done very much on a DIY basis, all the fencing, landscaping, groundworks and handling system has been built in house by farm manager Dom Strutt and his team.
There will be a presentation on grassland management from Jonathan Holmes of Lordington Park Agronomy and the rest of the day will look at the theory of deer fencing along with a practical demonstration in the afternoon.
This will be an informative day, especially for the prospective deer farmer looking to set up a deer farm and what can be achieved, but potentially insightful for the experienced deer farmer that have always used fencing contractors in the past.
Along with this, it is as always a great opportunity for those that we all seldom see, to have a good catch up!
Sat 28th to Sun 29th October 2017
BDFPA Annual Conference -
Innerhadden Estate, Kinlochrannoch, Perthshire
by kind permission of Richard Barclay
Details to follow soon