Appropriate sources

Appropriate sources

Feed supply
The predominant feed source for deer is permanent pasture (ryegrass/white clover). Winter or summer crops (swedes, rape, turnips and fodder beet), lucerne, silage or barley are used to improve the performance at different times of the year.

Seasonal pasture curves and pasture quality vary widely throughout New Zealand.

Research has shown that animal performance is affected by pasture quality. 

Typical ME values of NZ feeds 

 High quality

 Spring pasture (short)

12.0 MJME/kgDM




Medium quality   

 Pasture silage



 Maize silage


 Low quality

 Wheat straw 



 Aged meadow hay