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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

RSPB calls for a moratorium on gamebird releasing

In the latest of its’ cynical attempts to disrupt shooting the RSPB has this week, publicly called for a moratorium on gamebird releasing to reduce the risk of spreading Avian Influenza. Not onl ... read more

Baroness visits Chairman's game farm

In addition to engaging with Baroness Jones, the GFA also approached Baroness Bakewell following her participation in the Lord's debate about Lord Randall's bill. Baroness Bakewell is a Liberal Democr ... read more

GFA presence at Royal Welsh Show

As a result of our partnership working with other organisations, principally through Aim to Sustain, Dominic Boulton attended the Royal Welsh Show where he represented the GFA at a cross party sh ... read more

GFA visit House of Lords

In the aftermath of the reading of Lord Randall's Bill on Raised Laying Units in the House of Lords earlier this year, the GFA reached out to several key participants in the debate to engage with them ... read more

GFA receives letter from Lord Benyon

The GFA recently received a letter from Lord Benyon (click on link below to read in full), recognising the contribution that we make on behalf of the shooting sector and the part we have played in try ... read more

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