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Five reasons to eat game…

1. Game is wild, natural and free-range. Your butcher should be able to tell you the provenance, so don't be afraid to ask which estate it has come from. It could be very local to your area.

2. Game is available from many butchers in a variety of cuts during the season. From oven-ready whole partridges and pheasant, to portions such as pheasant breasts, venison fillets, diced venison and even sausages! So you are sure to find something to suit the family.

3. Game is easy to cook, in a number of ways. With a variety of cuts comes a variety of recipes, just visit ourrecipe page for a whole host of ideas.

4. Game meat is generally hung for less time now for a more delicate flavour. It is also incredibly versatile and makes a tasty change from other meats. Venison is a great substitute in most recipes for beef. Next time you make a casserole or pie try using diced venison. Similarly pheasant is a great alternative to chicken in most dishes as is rabbit.

5. Game is good for you. Venison is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. Pheasant and partridge contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium, which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals*.

*Leatherhead Food International Research 2006.

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