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Winter Newsletter - December 2020
Well, well! I am not quite sure where to start and who could have predicted the events since New Year!?!!

The year started much as usual with the second half of the hind cull and the game shooting season. All concluded well with both which gave us a substantial stock of venison and game birds in the freezer. We were looking forward to the coming spring and summer to service our trade and retail customers, also events that we were booked into – the usual line up of Rugby internationals, Belladrum music festival, Burghley horse trials, Fynefest etc. We were also booked for the Scottish game fair for the first time. Plenty to look forward to but, we only attended one international (Scotland v France) which was just one week before lockdown – then nothing more!
Lockdown came – what were the implications for our little business?

On the stalking front, we only had one week left of the winter cull, so effectively we only lost one week’s stalking – historically the stalking team then move onto estate maintenance which was available to us so no real change in the short/medium term!

Venison sales was a different challenge – all hotels and restaurants closed – all events cancelled!

To our surprise and relief, mail order and shop sales rocketed and saved the situation and we have cleared almost all our stock!! It sounds like a happy ending – I wish it were as simple as that!
New challenges

The second wave of corona virus is now causing many problems for us – mainly through cancellations from stalking guests – all Danish guests had to cancel for stags due to quarantine rules. We did however have quite a good stag season with our UK guests – plenty of activity in good weather with the result of some particularly good stags coming into the larder! The hind season has not started so well due to travel restrictions and almost all guests having to cancel. We are continuing the cull ourselves, otherwise we will not achieve the cull required!

To help sales during springtime lockdown Danii & Jake took on the task of increasing the product list for our venison. Full credit to them as some great ideas and delicious products were developed!! Please have a look on our on-line shop!
With Christmas just around the corner, please remember our meat packs and delicious new products are available to all, if you have any special requirements, please send an email and we will do our very best to accomodate.

Last orders for delivery before Christmas should be placed by the 15th December - last despatch on the 16th! If you live locally, we will be available for collection orders right up until the 24th.
With the coronavirus vaccine on the horizon - I sincerely hope that next year’s newsletter brings better news but to say a very big thank you to all who have supported us both in stalking and as venison customers – also to our home team who have worked very hard to help keep the business afloat - it is all very much appreciated!!