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Welcome to
The Game
Farmers'
Association

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The Game Farmers' Association (GFA) is a trade organisation dedicated to the production of quality gamebirds for the UK shooting industry.

Many shoots in Britain rely on hand-reared gamebirds, released into the countryside during the summer to supplement the wild stocks before the winter shooting season begins. Good game farming ensures that these birds, mostly pheasant and partridge, are strong, fit and ready for the natural environment in which they will live.

Most game farmers in Britain are members of the GFA and the Association represents their interests, as well as encouraging everyone who rears game to follow high standards.

Some of our most important work has been to secure near-identical yet practical Game Rearing Codes for England, Scotland and Wales. These ensure that game farming is officially recognised by Government and is always carried out to a high welfare standard, backed by the force of law.

Latest News & Information

GFA launches 2022 Joint Communication on Antibiotics

As we continue through the second phase of optimising antibiotic use in Livestock sectors, RUMA’s Targets Taskforce 2 (TTF2), the game sector, along with some others, needs to maintain focus on  ... read more

Bird Flu Threatens Egg and Chick Imports

Recent Avian Influenza (AI) outbreaks in France are now threatening the export of French eggs and chicks.   There are now a significant number of Infected Premises (IP’s) (where AI has be ... read more

Scottish Government Statement on Catching-Up Gamebirds

On January 14th 2022 the Scottish Government issued the following statement in relation to catching-up in Scotland. Although Scotland has only had 5 confirmed cases of AI in captive birds, there have  ... read more

Aim to Sustain hails third Wild Justice defeat as “vindication for uplands managers”

AIM TO SUSTAIN partner organisations have said another legal defeat for Wild Justice is vindication of those who manage Britain’s uplands.   Wild Justice again attempted to launch an appe ... read more

New General Licences - “A Step in the Right Direction”

After a meeting in early December with Aim to Sustain partner organisations (including the GFA) Defra has now issued the 2022 versions of GL40, GL41 & GL42 – the General Licences that allow  ... read more

Bird Flu Outbreak Continues to Worsen

With the number of confirmed cases in captive birds having reached 78, the current outbreak now involves three times as many cases as last winter (26 cases), which itself was the worst outbreak at tha ... read more

Aim To Sustain gathers momentum

After receiving strong support from the shooting community, through a ten-week consultation, the Aim to Sustain partnership has pushed on at pace.   The first phase of work has been to coordina ... read more

Bird Flu latest - 25 November 2021

DEFRA announces UK-wide housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds against avian flu. Click here for an update on the latest situation.   ... read more