January Newsletter

Introducing the new Game Farm Audits and Mycoplasma Testing

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British Game Alliance: January 2020

When I was asked to write a forward to this newsletter, it got me thinking about the reasons I agreed to become a Director of the BGA in the first place. When I was asked to join the Board, I was then a trustee of the GWCT, an excellent organisation, of which I believe that everyone who shoots should be a member. During my time as a trustee, I became increasingly aware of the threats that our beloved sport faces, the pressure from a whole host of sources is enormous. Many of us recognised that we needed to take action in two ways:

Firstly, we have to introduce self-regulation to our sport. If we do not regulate the standards that should exist in our sport, then be under no illusions – it will be put upon us. We only have to look at the state of game shooting in Belgium and the Netherlands. The majority of shoot owners take huge pride in their work and practices, and so being able to demonstrate that to a wider audience through the BGA’s Assurance Scheme is fairly straightforward for the majority.

Secondly, there was a big job to be done to develop new markets for game birds, and to ensure that a deserved and rightful value was brought back at shoot level. Thankfully, this is happening, and I am proud to be a part of it.

In my day job in the Dairy Ingredients Sectors, quality assurance and traceability of product is of paramount importance – we just would not be able to sell any product without it, and this will be a prerequisite in the marketing of game birds going forward. We are, after all, food producers, and all other proteins have been that way for years. We have to demonstrate that we are serious about self regulation and quality assurance, or we risk not adapting into the modern world, and being left behind, whatever that might look like…there is too much at stake not to get this right, and we will continue to work at it until we do.

The first task for any new organisation is to establish a team to achieve the agreed objectives. Tom Adams was instrumental in starting the BGA, and the team he has put together is very dynamic. Having been involved in several start-up businesses in the dairy sector, I know how much effort has to go into getting these projects off the ground. When I look back at what has been achieved by Tom and his team in 2 years, I think it is nothing short of remarkable! And so it is with great sadness that I now announce Tom’s departure from the BGA as of the end of March 2020. He has done an outstanding job of getting the BGA off the ground, and we should all be hugely grateful for his efforts. Please see the link to our Chairman’s statement on Tom’s departure and the advert for his replacement below.

Something I am very excited to announce is the launch of our Game Farm Audit, a key step forward in offering full traceability and quality assurance in the game sector. What is also very exciting is the development of the first validated test for Mycoplasma, available to shoots and game farms. For further details, please read the article below.

Finally, I am passionate about our sport, and see the huge opportunity the BGA offers us all, and I hope others share this opinion and continue to rally behind it in a bid to be ahead of the curve, and to futureproof what we love.

Wishing you all the best for 2020 from myself and the BGA team.

Kind regards,

Simon Chantler
Board Member
Founder of Meadow Foods

 

Chairman’s Statement – Managing Director’s Departure

It is with great sadness we announce that Tom Adams, Managing Director will be leaving the British Game Alliance in the next few months.

Please read the Chairman’s Statement here and the job description can be viewed here.

Read the full statement here…
 

Introducing the BGA Game Farm Audit and Mycoplasma Testing

The British Game Alliance are proud to announce the launch of the BGA Game Farm Audit scheme, as well as the first validated test for Mycoplasma gallisepticum, which will be rolled out in 2020.

Please see here for more details about the Audits, and to learn more about the Hatchery, Breeding, and Rearing standards.

Find out more about the audits here…
 

Processor Update

The BGA is delighted to announce that it is now working with 16 game processors in the U.K, covering about 65% of the game market.

Read in detail about how we work with our processors here.

Read more about our progress here…
 

2019 Highlights

Since launching 19 months ago, the BGA have been working hard to secure new markets for game meat across the world. This year has been a huge success for the team, and we look forward to what 2020 will bring.

Read more about what we’ve been up to here.

See the full post here…
 

Pheasant and Gnocchi Bake

Use game this January to kickstart the post-Christmas weight loss. This recipe is low in calories but still rich in flavour.

See the recipe here and the film here.

Click here for the video…

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