Call for more deer on menus

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special -

A lo­cal group are pro­mot­ing deer as a healthy food re­source.

The South La­nark­shire Deer Group held a talk re­cently to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits to em­ploy­ment and health which would come from deer.

David Quar­rell, chair­man of South La­nark­shire Deer Group, said: “With new ap­proaches and some in­vest­ment in chill fa­cil­i­ties, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for roe deer to be­come an im­por­tant com­mu­nity re­source in the Cen­tral Belt. Roe deer veni­son is lean, nu­tri­tious meat yet few peo­ple lo­cally get the op­por­tu­nity to taste it

“With dif­fer­ent ap­proaches, lo­cal restau­rants and butch­ers could be us­ing veni­son sourced from the green spa­ces around here, with vir­tu­ally no food miles.

“There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties for gov­ern­ment and pub­lic agen­cies to use lo­cal deer man­agers to de­liver pri­or­i­ties.”

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