The extraordinary response to the launch of the BGA Associate Scheme has shown our community can come together during even the darkest times. We are both proud and grateful.
When we launched the scheme less than a month ago, we knew game shooting was in for a rocky time. We knew supply of eggs and poults was under severe strain and we knew the tragic scenes in Ukraine were sending an economic aftershock through our sector. But we did not have the clear picture we have now.
We now know there are no eggs and poults coming from France, and we feel the pain of everyone who is now anxious about their livelihoods. On our recent podcast Louisa and I talked about the value of the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust at a time like this, and I would point anyone who is struggling in their direction. I also used BGA’s new fortnightly news update in Shooting Times to unpack the impact of this news on the game meat sector, and the forecast there is challenging too.
Yet despite the gathering clouds, over the last few weeks shoots have been registering as Associates with the BGA at a tremendous rate. Heeding the call and advice of Defra Minister Lord Benyon, these shoots are opting into the self-regulation that will safeguard our communities’ future. We are proud to be the only shoot assurance scheme, the only initiative the Defra Minister asked shoots to sign up to in order to protect our sector, and we are proud and grateful that so many shoots have put their trust in us.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this difficult time.
British Game Assurance