Export quality game meat vs meat derived from hunting

So you are familiar with game meat, right?

Your uncle (or brother) has a family inherited game farm in the pleasant but rugged South African bush, and hunting has been a tradition in your family since your great grandfather shot that trophy Kudu bull still hanging against the wall in the voorkamer of the farmhouse.

Tradition dictates, with much pride, that the majority of the meat, whether it be impala or blue wildebeest, is good for the ever popular biltong, droëwors and chilli-bites. Occasionally, the prime cuts of meat will be cooked with recipes dating back to the Anglo-Boer war, and usually includes a variety of ingredients such as alternative meats like pork, and in many cases a generous amount of cream.

The main association with game meat is the wild taste of what ever species was hunted. A taste that varies in as many factors as the variety of animals there are available. The factors effecting the taste and quality of the meat includes shot placement, how far it ran in the hunting process, the sound of gunfire in the instance where the animal is injured, the timing of bleeding the animal, the time of day and how long the carcass remained in the sun before being loaded onto a recovery vehicle, and of course the temperature and treatment process once arrived at the slaughtering facilities.

These are a bunch of factors often overlooked when on a classic, adventurous hunting trip, as depicted in our long standing culture. The difference however, between export quality game meat and meat derived from hunting is a subject not too often discussed and rarely mentioned in the hunting circles. This, combined with an occasional instance of a general lack of knowledge, naturally resulting in a product which from the outset might seem inferior to the retail products on the market.

It is time then for us, and most of the general public to get ourselves acquainted with a world where nothing less than world-class products is accepted. A world where only the best of meats are produced and presented, in the most professional manner imaginable.

Now to send your train of thought to what is currently available on the South African market, especially provided by the Riga Merchant online retailer, we present to you a meat that is professionally harvested, often times at night, using suppressors on the rifles, with head shots, ensuring that the quality of every cut of meat is a standard outstanding export quality product.

The carcases, with regulated temperatures and predefines processes and systems, are adequately transported to the abattoir and processing facilities, giving the consumer a guarantee of a top-notch product.

Next time you are presented with what looks like a rich and healthy cut of game meat, you are right to suppose that it is indeed your right to know the origin of the particular meat, and of course, the method of bringing it to your plate.

Happy healthy eating!

Not at all your average hunting meat

Riga Merchants are merchants of name. We pride ourselves in the quality of every single product coming from our platforms.


That is why we do not purchase any meat that has been hunted during the South African hunting season, nor do we except any meat from game ranchers who offers a couple of animals which were in excess and needed to be culled for the purposes of game ranch management.

Our meat comes only from registered, export and internationally approved game abattoirs, who continues to supply some of the top markets in the world.

It is of utmost importance to understand this, as a large part of the South African public perception about game meat (venison,) originates from what we experienced because of a culture of hunting.

In most cases, the hunt takes place during the day, and with this, there are usually some hunting related action involved. This causes adrenaline rushes among other natural biochemical reactions in the animal, especially if it was not a head shot, which have a dramatic effect on the quality, tenderness and taste of the meat. There are, apart from that, very rarely any consistency with the processing of the meat, as various factors plays a role in the correct way of bleeding the animal, and the effectiveness of getting it to the slaughtering facility.

The game meat from Riga merchant is professionally harvested by a team of registered harvesters, using suppressors on their rifles, placing head-shots and frequently working at night, so as to cause minimum suffering to the animals with absolutely no damage to the meat itself.

The processing is done in a similar fashion where quality can be maintained by very effective transport of the carcasses, at just the right temperature and readiness of staff at the abattoir and processing facilities.

This, among many other factors, insures us to be able to supply to you, some of the best products South Africa has to offer.

With a very quick, deliciously pan-fried sirloin steak, why not give it a try and fall in love with a premium source of nutrition, natural in every sense, the healthy game meat option for everyone.