Gledpark is a model Red Deer enterprise: the first UK business to be assured by the BDFPA/SFQC as a Park Assured Venison producer in 2014, a Scottish Government supported Deer Demonstration Unit in 2015. In 2019 awarded the UNESCO biosphere certification mark for our venison in recognition of our exceptionally high ethical, environmental and welfare standards.
Located in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature. This UNESCO designation recognises the fantastic landscapes wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way. The Biosphere aims to value and protect the biological and cultural diversity of our region while promoting environmentally sustainable development and Gledpark are proud to be a supporter of the Biosphere and its aims.
At Gledpark we seek to be exemplars of agricultural best practice through assurance, health testing, water capture, electricity generation and hosting our own pollinators.
Progressive in outlook we have been or are hosts to the following:
RSPB Volunteer Farmer Alliance Host Farm
NFUS Renewable Initiative Demonstration Farm Six
Deer Farm and Park Demonstration Project Host Unit
Galloway and Dumfrieshire Deer Group Host Farm
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Gledpark's Red Deer live all year in large paddocks with plenty of cover; providing the forbs and woody browse which are a key component of their diet. Our supplementary feeding during the winter months results in very high calving rates as yearlings and no calf mortality.
Gledpark animals are also suited as breeding stock to improve wild populations.
As such proud to have been selected to provide breeding hinds to Forestry Commission Scotlands Red Deer Range
The fold contains the Whitebred Shorthorn Association's Champion Female of Nov 2013, additionally for 2019 and 2020 our sire is the Beef Expo example of the breed.
All our animals are tag tested clear of BVD at birth, we are on a 4 yearly testing regime for TB and all animals are tested additionally for Johnnes. We are PCHS members and enrolled in the Beef Efficiency Scheme. QMS Assurance No 17298.
Visit - Learn - Stay
(cont...) we are fully qualified to assist the novice in a friendly safe environment.
We will provide a bespoke package to suit your needs and budget. For those who do train with us accommodation is available in our Deer Bothy. Campervans and Motorhomes welcome.
Station House Cookery School Special Events
We host Station house Cookery School Kirkcudbright's Hill to Fork days. We recommend Chef Nick Morris as great company who will provide you with improved cooking techniques as well as warm memories.
Please click the Station house logo below to book direct.