The following factors are important to consider when planning a sound feeding program for white-tailed deer.
Good nutrition is required to maximize conception rates and improve fawning percentages. White-tailed deer that do not go into winter in good condition will not survive the winter. White-tailed deer are browsers or selective grazers who prefer . . . → Read More: Feeding of Farmed White-Tailed Deer
Grain overload, also known as “Lactic Acidosis” or “Acute Carbohydrate Engorgement”, is a condition experienced by ruminants such as cattle, sheep and goats. Wild ruminants such as elk and deer appear to be more susceptible to this condition than traditional livestock species.
Acidosis usually occurs when animals have consumed large . . . → Read More: Avoiding and Treating Grain Overload in Deer
Elk Digestive Organs
The drought facing western Canadian farmers this year has devastated many farms. It has affected all types of farmers, elk and deer farmers included. A friend of mine was giving directions to a trucker who was hauling hay from Manitoba to his farm. After the directions were given, . . . → Read More: Feeding Elk in the Aftermath of a Drought
White Tailed Deer
Cattle are easier to feed since they have been bred and adapted over hundreds of generations to farm production. However, deer have a digestive system that remains more closely linked to their environment. Feeding them on a farm requires a careful balance of rations.
The prairie droughts of the . . . → Read More: Feeding Whitetail Deer during a Drought
The most common questions that I am asked by deer and elk producers have to do with whether these animals must be inspected in order for the meat to be sold within the state, nationally or around the world.
The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection . . . → Read More: Venison Inspection Requirements
Venison production is a growing industry. Many deer farmers are producing a wide range of carcass weights and conformation. Most of the farmers producing poor meat animals are unaware of the improvements available to them, or how to measure and achieve their goals.
In a consumer-driven industry, production systems must be adjusted continuously to . . . → Read More: Venison Grading and Classification