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

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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).

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

Weaning is the physical separation of calves from the hinds so that the calves are no longer dependent on their mothers for food (milk) and security.

Deer Facts

DINZ now publishes Deer Fact sheets. Each one is a summary of the latest information about topics relating to profitable deer farm management. Check out the Deer Facts that have been published so far >>