Artificial breeding

Artificial breeding

Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer (ET) are well-established, viable and practical tools to improve rates of genetic gain within the NZ deer farming industry, as clearly demonstrated by considerable production gains to date in antler size and high growth rate animals. While the success rates in red deer are comparable to, or better than, other farm animal species, careful planning and execution are required to optimise success.

The deliberate introduction of stag or bull semen into the hind or cow for purpose and certainty around specific traits and transfer of genetic merit.
Multiple ovulation and embryo transfer (MOET) is used by deer farmers to maximise the numbers of offspring from genetically elite hinds and stags.