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At least 48 hours is needed to get the full benefit of the Aitken weaning technique. Done correctly, it results in fawns settling very quickly after weaning with virtually no fretting or fence-pacing.
The deer velvet season is continuing on a stable note, with reasonable demand for Korean grade velvet being followed by a steady flow of Chinese grades through to the market.
For the first time since the 2001/02 season, a sire stag has fetched more than six figures. Malcolm and Kathy Cane paid $128,000 for a three-year-old Nixon son at Crowley Deer’s sale in December.
The average stag venison schedule now stands 718 c/kg, compared with 628 c/kg at the same time last year – an increase of 14 per cent. In the last week it has increased by up to 15 c/kg.