17 February 1998
Lord Sewel talks up deer farming

SCOTTISH agriculture minister Lord Sewel believes commercial deer farming could play a significant role in Scotlands agricultural industry.

Sewel, speaking at the Barony College, near Dumfries, at the introduction of the UKs first national training centre for deer farming, said the unsubsidised sector was ripe for expansion.

The UK demand for venison is about 2,000 tonnes annually and the 260 deer farms in Britain produce about 600 tonnes, worth about £2.5 million. The figures include 60 farms in Scotland, which account for about £500,000.

  • The Scotsman 17/02/98 page 28