A major limitation to deer production from pasture is the imbalance between the seasonal forage supply and the animal demand that occurs due to the late spring calving of deer compared to sheep and cattle. Ryegrass/white clover pastures produce high quality feed in spring, with peak production in late spring, followed by reduced summer growth and a decline in quality. The addition of specialist pastures and crops can be used in the farm system to provide high quality feed at appropriate times of the year.
Balancing supply and demand
Integrated grazing management