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2017/2018 Season

2017/2018 Season

The fallow venison season has started and we were back at our first market in Dumfries on Sunday.

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Update

Update

The deer are all out at grass and their antlers are growing rapidly

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Cast Antlers

Cast Antlers

Our stunning Sika stag lost his antlers today and this is the winner of the "hunt the antler competition"

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Puppies

Puppies

Tilly our little liver working cocker has 3 puppies.

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2017 Season

After a very busy December we don't have any Farmers Market until February, however we do have plenty of fresh venison available at the farm, so please just give us a call. You can find us at the following farmers markets in February.

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Gift Hamper

Gift Hamper

Christmas Gift Hampers and Vouchers available to buy for Christmas Presents

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Red deer deantlering

Red deer deantlering

Over the years we have been steadily growing our farmed red deer herd. This year we successfully and safely deantlered the stags before sale.

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Farmers Markets

We are well and truly into our new season with some very exciting new product lines: Venison liver and brandy pate Extended range of Gluten free burgers and gluten free sausages Gluten Free haggis

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Dumfries Farmers Market

Dumfries Farmers Market

Today was the first market of the season. We were at Dumfries Farmers Market, which is held at Tarff Town and Country Store Dumfries

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The end of the winter

The end of the winter

The deer have had a fairly long wet winter (which fallow deer hate). However as you can see from the photo the red deer have been perfectly happy

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Feeding again!

Feeding again!

Its the time of year when we start giving the deer a wee bit of food. As you can see from the photo, we always like to dress our best for the deer

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Stags are in velvet

Stags are in velvet

Our 3 year old stag, has grown his new antlers and is looking to loose his velvet. Once the Velvet has been shed, the "rut" will begin.

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Daisy is looking for a chat

Daisy is looking for a chat

Meet Daisy

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Fawing and Calving 2015

Fawing and Calving 2015

Fawing started 10 days earlier than usual on June 10th. The first ever red deer calves were born at Millbank on June 10th.

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The Spring Antler story

The Spring Antler story

Fallow buck lost his antlers 3 weeks earlier than usual, while the Sika is still hanging onto his

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Winter feeding

So far this winter the deer are looking well.

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School visits

School visits

We have had some superb schools with super enthusiastic pupils visit us this year. Thanks for your lovely cards and letters.

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New antler products

New antler products

We have teamed up with a local craftsman to produce these ornamental cast antlers.....

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BDS Carcass Demonsration and Butchery da

BDS Carcass Demonsration and Butchery da

A full course of participants at the British Deer Society (BDS) carcass demonstration and Butchery day on 31st August.

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Antler growth

Antler growth

The bucks antlers this summer have been unusually slow to grow this has coincided with an unusually dry summer. We were fascinated to notice that the bucks antlers grew significantly with a mass down pour of rain. See the following research on antler growth.

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Bucks have lost their antlers

Bucks have lost their antlers

On exactly the same day as last year the first buck lost his antlers 5th May. What is the difference between antler and horn? Read on to find out

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Why we enjoy farming deer and producing venison

Why we enjoy farming deer and producing venison

RHET (Royal Highland Eduction Trust) invited us to speak to Lockerbie Academy Business Studies class about our business and it made us sit down and think about why we love fallow deer and the product we produce. In Summary

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Red squirrel update

Red squirrel update

Following on from our grey squirrel cull in January 2013, we have spotted 2 red squirrels this Autumn. Needless to say we have invested in our first sack of peanuts for the winter.

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Open Day 2013

Thank you to all 46 of you who turned up at our Annual Open Day last week. The weather stayed dry and was fairly warm for the duration of the event.

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Bucks have lost their velvet

Some of the bucks antlers are completely clean of velvet, surprisingly 2 or 3 bucks look as if their velvet will be on for another week or so.

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Great Taste Award Winners 2013

Great Taste Award Winners 2013

We've won 2 Gold Stars for our Venison Sausage and 1 Gold Star for our Sirloin Medallions. It's a fantastic achievement and we are over the moon! Read on to find out the judges comments

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Bucks lost their antlers

Bucks lost their antlers

The bucks lost their antlers 10 days later than last year.

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Members of British Deer Parks and Farms

Members of British Deer Parks and Farms

We are members of the British Deer Parks and Farms Association, whose members rear deer on farms, parks, and estates, welcomes you to discover and enjoy the pleasures of delicious venison. The Association explains why our venison is the king of red meats and how it offers health benefits http://www.bdfpa.org.

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2012, thanks and testimonials

2012, thanks and testimonials

2012 was another busy year, here is a selection of the thanks and recipe's recieved from some of our customers.

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What is the best cut for Venison Wellington

Several customers have asked me about having venison for Christmas dinner. I have lots of ideas...............

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What is the best cut for Venison Wellington

What is the best cut for Venison Wellington

Several customers have asked me about having venison for Christmas dinner. I have lots of ideas...............

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Food Blogger, has blogged about us

Food Blogger, has blogged about us

The food blog is about, Venison in Cider with mustard and creme fraiche sauce on Butternut Squash & apple puree.

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Making Sausages with SNH and Annan Academy

Making Sausages with SNH and Annan Academy

Working with 180 S1 students form Annan Academy and SNH to make venison sausages.

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Acorns for the deer

Acorns for the deer

Autumn is upon us and our deer love acorns,

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Open Day 2012

Open Day 2012

What super weather we had for our open day this year. We think 40 people came along to walk the farm, see the deer and taste the venison.

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Is the Summer here?

Our fallow venison season started on Wednesday. To celebrate the start we’ve been dining the alfresco way. Quick roast haunch of venison with a simple green salad from the garden.

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2 melanistic fawns

2 melanistic fawns

We now have 2 black fawns. These are known as melanistic. This is a boy and we hope to breed from him in years to come. Should he get a name?

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First 2012 fawn

First 2012 fawn

Our first fawn for 2012 was a common coloured fawn from a white doe

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Roe venison on the Menu

Roe venison on the Menu

The fallow season closed on April 30th and will remain closed until August 1st. To enable us to continue to attend some of our regular markets we will use local roe venison.

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Buck's have lost their antlers

Buck's have lost their antlers

As we are coming to an end of the spring the bucks are losing their antlers.

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We're on Facebook

We're on Facebook

With the aim of keeping up with customer requests we now have a presence on Facebook. If you are interested in being kept up-to-date, have look for Millbank Parkland Venison and Like our page.

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Open Day Video

To see our Open Day video clip.

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Christmas Orders

Be are busy taking orders for Christmas dinner and Christmas presents

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Busy Autumn

Busy Autumn

We have had a very busy Autumn, with new deer, red and grey squirrel sitings,

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Rutting season has begun

Rutting season has begun

The deer are getting very noisy with the does making their characteristic high pitched "fweep" noise and the bucks clashing antlers.

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Extended Deer Area

Extended Deer Area

With increased demand for our venison, we needed to increase the supply.

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Open Day 2011

On Saturday 10th September we held a Farm Walk and Tasting. Well done the 40 or hardy folk who braved the Dumfriesshire weather conditions.

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Our first frame of honey

Our first frame of honey

Today was an exciting day, we harvested our first ever honey

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Prize at Dryfe Valley Show

Prize at Dryfe Valley Show

We were lucky enough to be invited to go to Dryfe Valley show on Saturday at Boreland. Gareth demonstrated some basic butchery skills on a haunch of venison.

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On-line shop

During our closed season we have upgraded our website to include an on-line shop.

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Start of a New season

1st August marks the start of our new season

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Last Fawn born was Melanistic

Last Fawn born was Melanistic

The last fawn was born today on 14th July.

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First Fawn of the Season

First fawn of the season was born today,

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13th June Talk to Annan Academy

13th June Talk to Annan Academy

We've been invited to a farm to folk day organised by RHET for 50 Annan Academy pupils

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Buck has lost his antlers

Buck has lost his antlers

The buck has lost his antlers

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Mystery Tour Visit

Mystery Tour Visit

Leader Hosted a mystery tour today and brought their guests here to Millbank.

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30th April End of Venison Season

30th April End of Venison Season

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New family addition

We have a little cocker spanial puppy called Tilly

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Welsumer Poulets

Welsumer Poulets

Welsumer Poulets have just started laying

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New Products

I have spent the winter months developing a few new products. One of them is my Gluten Free Venison Sausage. The sausage has proved very popular at the markets I have attended.

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Open Day

Open Day

Bumper turn out at Open Day

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Buck's velvet

The Buck has lost his velvet

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New Fluffy Arrivals at Millbank

Quail chicks

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September Open Day

September Open Day

There will be an open day at Millbank on the 11th September 2010. Booking essential.

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August 2010

August 2010

The warm dry weather has given the fawns a good chance to grow. As they become less dependent upon their mothers the deer are becoming more sociable again.

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