Deer farms have three main production systems, all of which can take place on the one property or farms can be built around just one system as a result of topography or resources:
Note: When sowing grass in the Upper North Island, it is essential that a cultivar with insecticide treated seed is used, as insect pest pressure in this region is extensive.
This is a critical time to provide both quality lactation feed for hinds and help maintain pasture composition quality on a broadacre country. Hind body condition at weaning or prior to mating is also an important consideration.
Wintering of both capital stock and finishing stock can be based on several crops or pastures. It's important to note that this is not a time of high appetite and liveweight gain potential is moderate through June and July.
Individual weaners’ appetites increase dramatically through August so this is an important time to supply high volumes of good quality forage. Capturing this opportunity will increase liveweight gain.
*It is important to note that deer can only tolerate AR1 endophyte.
Herbs and legumes
* Legion has been bred, selected and successfully tested as a perennial and will function as a perennial ryegrass. Due to a small number of tip awns Legion is certified as Lolium Boucheanum.