The first shipment of Scottish red deer antlers will arrive in Hong Kong this month.
A 20ft container filled with Scottish red deer antlers was due to arrive in Hong Kong this month for use in Chinese medicine, with further shipments already planned.
Changing consumer tastes and a desire to try out different types of food is leading to a surge in the venison market and collecting antlers could provide a valuable source of income to producers.
With antlers valued at up to £16/kg and many stags casting sets of more than 15kg, it could become a valuable market for Scottish venison producers. The antlers are cast annually and can be collected.
Kirkcudbrightshire deer farmer Rupert Shaw found a buyer for deer antlers via his website, before securing an export license to ship the load.
Most antlers came from Gledpark Farm’s herd of farmed red deer, with several other Scottish venison producers contributing antlers to fill the 20ft container.
Mr Shaw said: “Although it is early days, the potential demand for Scottish deer antlers in Chinese medicinal products could represent a valuable market for those already producing venison, or are planning to keep deer in the future.”