About Venison

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The Benefits of Eating Venison Meat

Venison is growing in popularity. What was once seen as an elite food has become accessible to all. Here on Downfield Farm, we produce and sell our own delicious venison meat. If you’ve never tried venison before, perhaps it’s time to give it a go! Here are our top five reasons why we think you should …

1. It’s Healthy

The health benefits of eating venison are huge! Deer meat is high in protein, low in fat and calories, carbohydrate-free, low in sodium and rich in vitamins and minerals. It’s a great alternative to beef, lamb, pork and other red meats. Switching to venison can help you to lose weight and maintain a healthier diet.

2. It’s Tasty

Venison has its own distinctive taste. Although somewhat similar to beef, it’s stronger, richer, leaner and smoother. And just like beef, it’s a very versatile meat. You can enjoy a whole venison steak, or use the meat to make sausages, meatballs, burgers, pies, casseroles, kebabs and stews.

3. It’s Cheaper

Venison has a reputation for being expensive, but in reality it is often cheaper than beef and many other meats.

4. It’s Sustainable

All our venison meat is free range and sustainably-farmed. We work hard to understand our environment and work with it, not against it. We recently announced that our farm is going organic. Find out more about the steps we are taking to achieve this.

5. It’s Humane

It’s very important to us that our processes are humane. Our stags live a happy, free range life on the farm. They have plenty of space and we work hard to keep them healthy and give them a comfortable living environment. As our abattoir is on site, there are no long and stressful journeys involved. And we follow strict guidelines to ensure a calm experience for animals within the abattoir.

To try venison meat for yourself, check out our online shop or visit one of our local stockists in Scotland, including our own Butcher shop in Fife.

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It’s so important to buy local produce wherever possible. By putting money into local businesses, you are helping to strengthen your local community and economy. And by reducing the need for transportation of products, you are also helping the environment. Currently, the UK imports around a third of its venison produce from New Zealand and Europe. So, when you are food shopping in Scotland, please check the labelling and buy Scottish venison if you can.

Buy Scottish Venison in Scotland

Buy Local sign at a Farmers MarketVenison is a delicious, healthy and versatile meat, which is growing in popularity. And as demand rises, the number of deer farms in Scotland and the UK rises too. By supporting local farmers, you can really make a difference in your community. Look for local farms to buy your meat from, or find a Farmers’ Market, to ensure you are getting the best Scottish venison near you.

Your Local Venison Suppliers

Stagison Venison on saleStagison Venison is farmed at Downfield Farm in Fife, Scotland. We are proud to supply Scotland with the highest quality fresh and frozen venison products. All prepared locally on our family-run farm. We are committed to sustainable farming and the welfare of our animals is of utmost importance. After all, we believe that happy stags produce the best meat. You can buy Stagison Venison meat at our local butcher in Fife.

Wherever you are in the world, it’s important to support the farms in your community, use your local butcher’s shops and buy local produce whenever you can. If we all work together, we really can have a positive impact on our local areas and help the environment too.

If you want to know more about where to buy Scottish venison, please get in touch or call us on 01337 830237.

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As people strive to eat healthier, more nutritious foods, they are discovering a delicious alternative to beef and other red meats. Venison, or deer meat, is lean, rich in flavour and low in calories. It’s also a versatile meat, which can be made into steak, sausages, meatballs, burgers, casseroles, stews and more.  So, let’s take a look at venison nutrition in more detail …

Venison Nutrition Facts

1. High in Protein, Low in Fat.
Venison is an excellent source of protein, as it is rich in protein but low in fat. Not only is it a low-fat meat, but its levels of saturated fat are much lower than in other red meats.

2. Zero Carbs and Low-Calorie.
Deer meat is free of carbohydrates and contains fewer calories than beef or even chicken breast.

3. Low in Sodium
Venison is naturally low in sodium, so it’s better for your heart than other red meats.

4. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
It contains minerals that are good for health, including iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Plus, vitamins B6 and B12, riboflavin, niacin and thiamin.

How to Cook Venison Healthily

Venison Stew in PotReplacing beef and other red meats with venison will certainly help you to eat more healthily. However, it’s important to cook your deer meat in a healthy way to ensure you receive all of the benefits.

Make sure you remove any excess fat from the meat before you start. Try to use just a small amount of oil or butter to cook the meat. And be careful not to add too much salt when seasoning.

Try our Venison

So, if this venison nutrition information has encouraged you to try some deer meat for yourself, check out our venison recipes. At Stagison, we produce low fat, highly nutritious venison meat, ethically farmed right here in Scotland. Please contact us if you’d like to know more.

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