In the past month, Defra have asked all shoots to sign up for British Game Assurance. At the same time, avian influenza is inflicting a third consecutive season of uncertainty on our community. We have come up with a radical solution to meeting this challenge: any shoot can now register as an Associate with BGA for free.
We will still offer the only certified assurance scheme available to the shooting sector, for all those shoots that wish to produce BGA assured game to meet the growing demand for that product. Indeed, the coalition of the shooting organisations called Aim to Sustain has announced that all shoots supplying the public food chain through AGHEs should register for BGA assurance. We will continue to hone that scheme, and the standards are currently undergoing their most rigorous review and overhaul to date, as the gold standard in shoot management and game meat production.
We recognise, however, that not every shoot wants to opt into the financial and administrative outlay that certified assurance requires. Especially in this time of uncertainty. So to meet Defra’s request that all shooting interests register with the BGA, we are inviting all shoots that comply with the Code of Good Shooting Practice and the FSA Wild Game Guide to register as an Associate with us for free. Associates are not audited but are subject to a complaints procedure, bringing all who participate into the self-regulatory framework.
Defra have been clear, only BGA can deliver the assurance that will safeguard our communities future. As a BGA supporter you are already doing your bit, and now if you can encourage other shoots and game farms to do the same you can enjoy a well-earned reward from Schoffel, and we will be telling you more about this exciting collaboration in the coming weeks.
Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the Wild and Game fundraiser. This innovative business will not be new to you. They’ve been doing great things in the game sector, not least in their pioneering work in online sales and with their early adoption of BGA feathered game.
I very much hope you’re keeping well during this challenging time, and as ever, I thank you for your incredible support.
British Game Assurance