For information on deer including genetics, more about the national genetics database DEERSelect, biology, deer health, reproduction, transporting deer and more.

Velvet antler is 'the deer antler during its phase of rapid growth', and it gets the name ‘velvet‘ because of its velvet-like covering of hair.

It is important that farmers understand normal behaviour in their deer in order to manage this unique animal (in a farmed sense).

Genetics is one of the fundamental drivers of improving industry productivity. The industry is well served by a variety of commercial stud breeders and artificial breeding companies.

Maintaining good deer health is crucial to maximising production gains in your herd.

Reproductive productivity of the breeding herd is central to productivity to deer farming in New Zealand.

Knowing when and how to deal with parasites on your farm

DEERSelect Sire Summaries (breeding values and indexes)view the latest information from the programme here

Information on the veterinary medicine information to be filled in on Animal Status Declarations

An over-view of general health matters relating to the herd, Including nutrition and management reminders.

Health pointers for maintaining Stags in top condition

Adult hind health and management notes

Fawn specific health information

A calendar perspective on deer health topics and tools to assist with mitigation, identification and treatment of these key areas.

Advice on the nutrition, stocking and handling of velvetting and trophy stags from weaners to mixed-age

A significant proportion of calf losses occur because the calving environment is suboptimal for the needs of all individuals within the herd.


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