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Welcome to
The Game

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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

COVID safe principles for game shoots in England (revised 27 Nov)

This document reflects our best understanding of current information available from government. It is issued pending sight of the legal regulation and so may be subject to change.   It out ... read more

Advice on the Tiered System that will replace the National Lockdown in England

The following attachment is an interpretation of the guidance issued by government on 23 November. We will update this guidance should it be necessary to do so once the implementing legislation has be ... read more

New Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Announced

The Game Farmers' Association is advising its members that in response to the heightened risk of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has today been declar ... read more

Covid lockdown shooting guidance

Lockdown regulations apply throughout England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December inclusive.   Read the latest Lockdown shooting guidance.     ... read more

Bird Flu in Cheshire

The Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed the presence of H5N8 avian influenza near Chester in Cheshire. It follows notification of another bird flu case in Kent yesterday, but the strains are differ ... read more

Defra propose gamebird releasing licence around protected sites

Shooting organisations have responded with scepticism to Defra’s proposal to implement a licensing system for gamebird release in and around European protected sites, even after Wild Justice hav ... read more

Shooting organisations face up to gamebird release legal threat

BASC, the Countryside Alliance, the Game Farmers’ Association and the National Gamekeepers Organisation are joining the government in defending a judicial review against the release of gamebirds ... read more

Shoot Liaison Committee Covid Restrictions Letter

The Game Farmers' Association, along with BASC, Countryside Alliance, GWCT, Moorland Association, the NGO and the BGA, have sent a joint letter to Ministers highlighting the significant importance and ... read more