All About Us
Ahead of the Game
Welcome to Downfield Farm, abattoir, butchery, and producers of Stagison Venison. Here we pride ourselves in our reputable, humane abattoir and custom butchery. As such, we are Scotland’s only field to fork venison farm, handling, and meat processing facility. Whatsmore, since being established in the Spring of 2016, our family-run farm is herding in a new dawn for meat processing.
As farmers ourselves, we know first hand the hard work our customers put into raising their animals. So, we consider it a privilege to continue that work with the highest quality local slaughter and processing possible.
We are fully licensed by FSS (Food Standards Scotland) as an abattoir and cutting plant and a QMS (Quality Meat Scotland) assured processor.
Born and Bred Farmers
A Forking Good Idea
Born into traditional farming families, we are no strangers to the hard work of day-to-day farming. So, in 2002, we bought Downfield Farm just outside of Cupar, Fife, with the hope of expanding our beef and sheep farming business.
As the demand for farmed venison continued to grow, we decided to add venison farming to our business. But with the only venison abattoir in South Yorkshire, the cost of transporting deer across the country was deer indeed. As such, the whole process would also put a lot of additional stress on our deer, which we really didn’t like. So we decided to do things differently and convert an old farm shed into our very own processing plant, which now caters for a lot more than just deer. And now, we also process sheep and goat as well as butchering cattle and pigs.
The Vision is Born
Herding an New Era
On that fateful day, we entered into a new, exciting and growing market and we hope to challenge and change the perception of venison farming in Scotland for the better.
What’s more, all our hard work is paying off. We have a well-earned reputation for excellence in animal nutrition, care and processing in the industry. We are also working hard with local farmers and suppliers to encourage the growth of venison farming in Scotland, and in turn the growth of our economy, by supplying quality venison products to the rest of the UK (and who knows, maybe one day to the rest of the world). Furthermore, we also offer a private butchery service for Wild & Farmed Deer, Cattle, Sheep, Goats and Pigs.
Come and have a Butchers
Buying and trying our delicious meat just got so much easier. Find us at 8 Main Street in Ceres, Fife at Ceres Butchers. We took over ownership of this wonderful local shop in 2019 so that we can sell our venison locally and introduce many more people to its delights. Led by shop manager David Noble and his knowledgable team, they can help find the perfect cut of meat for your dinner.
Not only do we sell delicious deer meat from our venison farm, but we also stock everything else you would expect from a butcher shop, like our own Scotch beef and lamb. We are also proud stockists of locally sourced pork and freshly made haggis, pies and puddings. If you are looking for delicious meat, then pop along and fill your basket!
The Future is Organic
Here’s Looking at Coo
From 2019, we’ve been working hard to make Downfield Farm fully organic. This ongoing process should be completed in 2021, but until then we are taking all the steps necessary to ensure all the meat and produce here is produced in a 100% organic manner.
All our deer, Black Galloway cattle and Manx Loaghtan sheep are already raised in a happy and healthy environment. They have loads of outdoor space and eat a natural diet. We don’t use chemical fertilisers or pesticides on any of our crops either. It’s a long road to become certified organic, and every step of production must pass inspection before it happens. We are committed to achieving this goal with the support of our phenomenal team here on the farm. Follow our journey on our venison farm and stay up to date with us at Downfield on our Facebook page!
Get in Touch
We’d Love to Hear From You
If you would like to know more then please get in touch. Whether you would like to know more about the high standards of our meat processing company, our meticulous abattoir in Scotland or our delicious deer meat for sale, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can call us on 01337 830237 or email us here. Venison in Scotland has just got a whole lot better!
Deer Oh Deer
A Cut Above
What people are saying
“Impressed with your set up”‘From start to finish I have been impressed with your set up. Could you pass on my thanks to your guys who made dropping off my animals and picking up their produce so easy. I am also impressed with the butchery… it was what I asked for and very neatly done.’
“Great Service All Round”‘Just thought I would let you know how pleased we are with the meat packaging and labeling – its the first time we have used your butchery service and will certainly be using it again. Everyone very friendly and helpful – great service all round. thanks’
“Thank you for the first class service”‘I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the first class service we have received. You have been very professional and flexible with our needs’
“Great Service”‘Thank you for great service as usual. The butchering and labelling look really good and I am delighted with my taste test -I had noisette for supper tonight!!. Please thank everyone concerned from off loading to delivery of the final product.’
“First Class”‘Thank you for the service you provided us. From the first communication to meeting Bob at the farm when I delivered the sheep and collection at the rendezvous in Forfar, it was first class.’
Find out all about the latest news here in our very own Stagison blog.