The Game Farmers' Association

....representing the UK's game farmers & promoting high standards

Welcome to The Game



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

Avian Influenza Readiness Webinar - Register Now!

  UK Poultry Health & Welfare Group are delighted to announce that registration for the Avian Influenza Webinar is now open. Taking place from 3pm to 4pm on Wednesday 9 October 2019, this we ... read more

Save the Date - GFA to take part in Avian Influenza Readiness Webinar

Whatever you are planning on doing on 9 October from 15.00 - 15.30, don't forget to tune in for a special Webinar on Avaian Influenza (AI) Readiness.   Charles Nodder, the GFA's Media and Polit ... read more

Leading organisations respond to Defra's new general licences

Read the latest press release below regarding the current situation on  general licences.   Genuine progress has been made and three new general licences released by Defra today (14 June 2 ... read more

Natural England forced into shooting licence u-turn after government reinstates original system

Defra has forced a shooting licence U-Turn after taking over from Natural England following a fiasco in which farmers were banned from protecting their land from pests.   Read the article which ... read more

Anger as General Licences are Revoked Without Notice

The Game Farmers' Association is advising all members that Natural England (NE) is revoking the three main General Licences for the control throughout England of birds such as crows, magpies and woodp ... read more

BVPA working group recommendations for Mycoplasma management in gamebirds

The British Veterinary Poultry Association (BVPA) working group has now agreed its recommendations on Mycoplasma management in gamebirds – please click on the link below to read the recommendati ... read more

Gamebird Producers Slash Antibiotic Use

Figures released today (24 October 2018)  show that in the two years since the gamebird sector rolled out its voluntary campaign to reduce antibiotics, overall use has fallen by 51%, with antibio ... read more




The Game Farmers' Association

PO Box 3629


RG40 9LG


T:  01189 797255