Setting up Poults for Success Naturally

Great days in the field in any season are all about the planning and setting birds up for success. Establishing the right physical foundations for your poults to enable the bird to achieve optimal performance, will not only result in well-developed birds capable of “flying high” to keep customers returning year on year but ensureContinue reading “Setting up Poults for Success Naturally”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO and lives and works in Wensleydale

Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO. Born and raised in Wensleydale, Ian has lived and worked in the area all his life. Where do you work and why? I work at Bolton Castle estate in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, where I have been Headkeeper for thirteen seasons. I was born andContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: Ian Sleightholm is Chairman of the Moorland Branch of the NGO and lives and works in Wensleydale”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet

___________________________________________________________________ For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet. The River Kennet is a chalk stream which rises in Avebury, Wiltshire and joins the Thames at Reading.  In the latest in our series looking at the lives of keepers across England and Wales,Continue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: For the past 4 years, Jack Uridge has been the river keeper on a three-mile stretch of the River Kennet”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: Keeper, Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater

Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater while working full-time for a housing association. She is now head-keeper on an estate in Cumbria. We catch up with her during her favourite season, in what has been a difficult year for many, and hear her views onContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: Keeper, Tracy Howe almost fell into gamekeeping after being a regular on a shoot as a beater”

A Gamekeepers’ Life: A keeper gives us an insight into his daily life on an estate in Dorset

A Gamekeepers’ Life Many people assume that March is the ‘quiet’ time of year for keepers. But it’s all hands-on deck prepping for the season. We met up with Kevin Rudd, head keeper on the 2,500 acre Ranston Estate in Dorset who was in the middle of planting 7,000 Douglas firs, managing hedgerows and startingContinue reading “A Gamekeepers’ Life: A keeper gives us an insight into his daily life on an estate in Dorset”

Our Top 5 Fieldsports Podcasts

We are now at the end of the shooting season and thoughts will turn towards getting next season going already. Gamekeepers all over the UK will be hard at work with spring predator control programs, infrastructure repair, conservation and habitat work and a raft of the other daily jobs that keep you busy. Having aContinue reading “Our Top 5 Fieldsports Podcasts”

Wiltshire vet rescues game exports to the European Union

A Wiltshire vet has managed to claw back the continental game meat market, teetering on collapse, due to paperwork issues experienced by game shipments on their way to the EU. Since the 1st January 2021, and the UK’s exit from the EU, the game meat sector has been hit by a paperwork fiasco that hasContinue reading “Wiltshire vet rescues game exports to the European Union”

The Venison Market Needs A New Approach

Tim Weston – NGO Development Officer looks at the changing venison market Even before the COVID pandemic the venison market in the UK had a bit of a wobble. The vast majority of the venison that is shot and processed in the UK ends up going into the European market and the way people areContinue reading “The Venison Market Needs A New Approach”