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

RUMA win prestigious award for antibiotic work

RUMA's Target Task Force initiative, in which the GFA plays a major role, won a prestigious international award for antibiotic reduction work last week, beating off many rivals, including many in the  ... read more

GFA host important fact-finding visits to a member’s game farm

The Game Farmers’ Association hosted two important fact-finding visits to a member’s game farm in late May 2018.   One was for a team of officials from Defra and the Animal and ... read more

New 2018 Joint Communication on Antibiotic Reduction

The Game Farmers’ Association has been central to the agreement of an important new 2018 Joint Communication, released last week, promoting further reductions in the use of antibiotics in the ga ... read more

Bird Flu Update - 5 February 2018

So that GFA members and supporters can be kept aware of what is happening with regards to the recent outbreaks of Avian Influenze, we are delighted to share the following Defra update on where bi ... read more

Bird Flu Update - 18 January 2018

Following further detection of bird flu in wild birds, Defra have today (18 January 2018) declared that the whole of England is an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. New legal requirements apply to all  ... read more

Bird flu and Gamebirds: Revised Guidance Issued

Government has joined with organisations involved in gamebird management to issue revised guidance on bird flu and the way it can affect the activities of gamebird rearers.   Published today  ... read more

Gamebird Sector Cuts Antibiotics by 36%

Organisations involved in shooting and gamebird management have welcomed a big fall in the amount of antibiotic used in the rearing of pheasants and partridges in the UK. ... read more

GFA Opens Doors to Defra

The Game Farmers' Association (GFA) this week showed Defra round a game farm in the Home Counties where the main issue under discussion was the prevention of Bird Flu.  ... read more




The Game Farmers' Association

PO Box 3629


RG40 9LG


T:  01189 797255