It has been another full-on month at the BGA, with the majority being positive but as ever in our world, it seems we are under constant attack and scrutiny which only seems to be growing.
Two weeks ago, ‘Stop The Cull’ (the anti badger cull group) replicated the public list of BGA members and issued it on a map, utilising what details they could find (only name and county is visible) and filling in the rest from Google maps. To read a full statement on this matter, please view here. The majority of our members have decided to remain public as they too could see the clear attack on the BGA and its members for pushing shooting in the right direction and the attempt to sabotage that progress.
The recent threat from Wild Justice is evidence that we must ensure best practice is adhered to and allow others to be the judge of it. By letting independent audits do the talking we can ensure shooting is and continues to be sustainable in the eyes of the wider public, key if we are to move with the times. This is why we so passionately believe that all shoots should be members.
We are hugely pleased to have signed our exclusive license agreement with Sutherland, the second-largest meat importer/distributor in Hong Kong and Macau for a significant volume of game birds for this coming season. A full press release will be issued once the final details have been agreed in the next few weeks. This is a great step for the BGA and the game industry as it shows the potential that is out there and is proof that we can bring demand and subsequent value back to game. Having just got back from Japan on a similar trade mission through the Department for International Trade we had a very positive experience and believe we can grow the market for assured game out there, please read here. We will also be visiting Canada, again to drive British game sales out there over the coming months. Significant orders for our range of game products are coming through for the season ahead, this will be making game far more accessible to the modern consumer, which is fantastic progress as we must keep up with consumer trends… Large businesses have been hugely impressed with the products and see the future of game in such formats, which is very encouraging to hear.
We managed to get out of the office and up to Raisthorpe in North Yorkshire, where the Medforth family laid on one of their spectacular charity clay days in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research and the British Game Alliance. With a huge attendance of over three hundred and fifty people, all who donned BGA caps for the day, it was a very special event and I would like to say a huge thank you to David, Julia and the Raisthorpe Team for all their efforts.
We are at the Game Fair this year, next to our friends at BASC and opposite the cooking theatre, please come and say hi on stand number N1498. This time last year the BGA attended with a very small tent, one member of staff, forty shoot members and a large challenge ahead of us. A year on, we are a team of seven, with over five hundred and fifty members, a flourishing assurance scheme and some significant new markets for game won. There are a lot of exciting new opportunities that we have been working on for over a year, that in the next six weeks will be coming together. We believe the BGA’s efforts will have a significant impact on the game market and we owe it to our members who have supported us and bought into a sustainable future for game shooting. If you wish to join them and sign your shoot up, you can do so here.
Hope to see you over the weekend.