Recording deer on Deer Select

Recording deer on Deer Select

Getting started
Stud breeders can access DEERSelect to enter data via bureaux.  Bureaux upload raw trait data and pedigrees. They assist with recording tools and techniques, and provide reports on breeding values, economic indices and genetic progress.

Bureaux
There are two bureaux available for use by stud breeders for recording their deer on Deer Select.  Both offer different types of services, so contact them both to decide which will be best for you.  The two bureaux are Genetic Gains (contact Julia Aspinall ) and NZPRS (contact Ken Moore).

Bureaux can assist you with what data to record, and ways to record it.  Your bureau will upload your data to Deer Select and manage it for you.  Bureaux provide you with personalised BV and Index reports of use to your business, as well as genetic trend and linkage graphs for any BVs and Indices that you request, whenever you require them.  Your bureau will also provide you the Deer Select Quarterly Sire Summaries.  There is a cost associated with uploading information to Deer Select and your bureau undertakes all of the invoicing for this and their services.

What to measure and record?

Birth -12 months

Trait Required Optional  Rationale
       

Trait    

 Required        

Advised 

 Liveweight - 6 month

 yes

 

 Liveweight - spring

 yes

 

 Liveweight - 12 month

 yes

 

 Eye muscle area

 yes

 

 First velvet details

 

 yes

 CT scanning details of loin, rump and shoulder area

 

 yes

  •  For hinds, a liveweight ideally at 18months and then every year post-weaning (some time from weaning to pre-winter) is recorded. Hind liveweight is important for mature weight BVs.
  • For stags, measuring velvet or antler (trophy) production annually from 2 years of age is very important if the breeding goal is based on velvet production. Annual live-weight can also be collected.

FATE
Another very important factor to record for selection purposes is fate.  Fates are deaths and culling decisions and can be recorded on Deer Select. Recording why animals die, be it misadventure, disease or any other reason, aids selection for less measurable traits like survival/robustness/resilience. Similarly it is important to record why individuals are culled to provide numeric data on less measurable traits such as temperament or fertility.  Culling decisions can be many and varied, but by recording them, patterns can be found.  Examples of culling decisions include ‘not pregnant’, ‘aggressive’, ‘condition/weight loss’, ‘suspected disease’, conformational faults, and low BV or index value.