Making dough from deer!

Making dough from deer!

Antlers being turned into dog chews at the Pure Dog factory near Southampton

Glenn Campbell, 40, who runs Pure Dog

Antlers are cut into different sized Stagbars for different sized dogs.

First published in Business

THEY are a stag’s crowning glory, grown purely to attract females and to fight off other males.

But once the rutting season ends their impressive antlers are shed to allow new ones to grow.

From December each year an army of people across Britain and Europe are mobilised to harvest the antlers from parks and moorland to be fashioned into walking sticks, made into furniture or used in Chinese medicine.

Now a Hampshire company is turning hundreds of thousands of the deer antlers into tasty dog chews and business is booming.

Last month a ‘stag-gering’ eight tons of antlers were prepared and dispatched from a warehouse in Southampton to pet shops across the country, keeping up with the growing demand for the latest pooch chews, called Stagbars.

“We recently had an order for 30,000 bars from Pets at Home – they’re in all their stores now”, said Glenn Campbell, 40, who runs Pure Dog with his wife Deborah, 39.

“It all started nearly two years ago. We’re both passionate dog lovers – we’d looked for ideas and wanted to offer something completely different. We knew antler dog chews were popular in America so we decided to be the first to do them in the UK.”

The couple started the business part-time from home, then left their days jobs as things became increasingly busy.

Glenn said they moved into a 1,800 square feet warehouse four months ago but were already starting to run out of space.

They now employ between five and ten people to meet demand.

The antlers are cut into different sized Stagbars for different sized dogs.

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The bars are said to last longer than any other dog chew on the market. They wear down slowly with the grinding action of the dog’s teeth and saliva. Eventually, the dry marrow is exposed as a lovely treat.

Glenn said: “I think they’re so popular because they last a long time, are natural and different.”

He said: “The antlers are mainly from red deer, the small ones are best for making into chews although they do vary. We recently had a giant one that weighed 16 kilos – enough for about ten large chews.”

Glenn said about 25 per cent of the antlers come from Scotland and a small number come from Exmoor, others come from distributors supplying the Asian market and the rest mainly come from Spain and Germany.

Glenn said none of the antlers come from farms or culled animals and they can all be traced to where they were harvested.

“We work alongside DEFRA to meet their stringent regulations,” he said.

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Stagbars can be bought from many independent pet shops, Pets at Home, Jolleys Pet Superstores and many vets or online from puredog.co.uk.

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1:06pm Sat 22 Sep 12

scilence says...

I've not found a dog yet that doesn't love the stuff. Just wish that I had thought of it lol.
I've not found a dog yet that doesn't love the stuff. Just wish that I had thought of it lol. scilence
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1:08pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

That's what I like, a good **** story.
That's what I like, a good **** story. Inform Al
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1:09pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Inform Al says...

Inform Al wrote:
That's what I like, a good **** story.
just why is h0rny not allowed?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: That's what I like, a good **** story.[/p][/quote]just why is h0rny not allowed? Inform Al
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2:45pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Linesman says...

Ideal for a canine stag party.
Ideal for a canine stag party. Linesman
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2:48pm Sat 22 Sep 12

Poppy22 says...

A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.
A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed. Poppy22
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4:11pm Sat 22 Sep 12

100%HANTSBOY says...

Poppy22 wrote:
A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.
Read the article again!
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.[/p][/quote]Read the article again! 100%HANTSBOY
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4:33pm Sat 22 Sep 12

WestonGirl86 says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
Poppy22 wrote:
A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.
Read the article again!
They're not being killed, The antlers are collected on the annual shed of the horns, Just like snakes/ lizards/ shed, Antlers do the same...
Hantsboy is right, read the article because by not doing so makes you look like a dinlo...

I think I need to buy one of these, After the feedback on them they sound like they're well worth buying. My dogs a chewer so she might stop chewing the kids toys up! haha!
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.[/p][/quote]Read the article again![/p][/quote]They're not being killed, The antlers are collected on the annual shed of the horns, Just like snakes/ lizards/ shed, Antlers do the same... Hantsboy is right, read the article because by not doing so makes you look like a dinlo... I think I need to buy one of these, After the feedback on them they sound like they're well worth buying. My dogs a chewer so she might stop chewing the kids toys up! haha! WestonGirl86
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5:50pm Sat 22 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

Poppy22 wrote:
A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.
Oh my....

*facepalm*
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.[/p][/quote]Oh my.... *facepalm* cantthinkofone
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8:34am Sun 23 Sep 12

Huey says...

Poppy22 wrote:
A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.
has your brain been culled?
[quote][p][bold]Poppy22[/bold] wrote: A great use of the horns. When you see the number of horns there, though, it does make you realise just how many deer are being killed.[/p][/quote]has your brain been culled? Huey
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11:23am Sun 23 Sep 12

bazzeroz says...

What do you call a deer with no eyes? 'I've no eye deer'
What do you call a deer with no eyes? 'I've no eye deer' bazzeroz
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9:22am Mon 24 Sep 12

Raxx says...

bazzeroz wrote:
What do you call a deer with no eyes? 'I've no eye deer'
What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?

"Still no eyed deer"
[quote][p][bold]bazzeroz[/bold] wrote: What do you call a deer with no eyes? 'I've no eye deer'[/p][/quote]What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs? "Still no eyed deer" Raxx
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