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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

DEFRA confirms renewal of General Licences for the control of Pest Birds

DEFRA has recently confirmed to the GFA and others that they intend to renew the current GL 40, GL 41 & GL 42 for the control of pest bird species and these new licences will replicate the conditi ... read more

Management of game assurance scheme transferring from BGA to Aim to Sustain

The infrastructure of the assurance scheme built by British Game Assurance (BGA) will be transferred to Aim to Sustain (A2S), it was announced today (Monday October 16th).   The transfer should ... read more

Stand with us against United Utilities' irrational decision to ban shooting

The recent announcement that United Utilities will not be renewing shooting leases on its land, citing water quality concerns, lacks any substantiated evidence. It appears to be a diversion tacti ... read more

GFA represented at this year's Game Fair

Both GFA chairman George Davis, and Political and PR consultant Dominic Boulton, were on hand to represent the GFA at this years Game Fair at Ragley Hall (July 28-30). Along with the launch of BASC&rs ... read more

GFA at the Royal Welsh Show

On 25 July the GFA were represented at the Royal Welsh Show, both at an Avian Influenza (AI) Meeting with Welsh Government and at a meeting with other Aim to Sustain partners to discuss next steps in  ... read more

GFA launches 2023 Joint Communication on Antibiotic Reduction

As the second phase of optimising antibiotic use in Livestock sectors, RUMA’s Targets Taskforce 2 (TTF2), draws to a close, the game sector, along w ... read more

GL43 Letter to Secretary of State for the Environment

The GFA, along with our partner organisations at Aim to Sustain, have written to the Secretary of State for the Environment about the unacceptable renewal of the General Licence 43 (GL 43) which licen ... read more