Stags

Stags

As far as reproductive performance of the breeding herd is concerned, the stag has only one function, to sire offspring. However, in order to perform this function, sire stags must be well-managed throughout the year to ensure they enter the autumn rut (mating period) in a fit and healthy condition.  Sire stags tend to be the most valuable animal on the farm owing to their potential genetic contribution to the whole herd.

The most obvious changes with male deer are the development of antlers each year, but there are many other changes that influence how stags are managed on the farm.
Timing of mating, stag ratios and age groups all play a large part in the success of your herd mating season.
The ability of sire stags to service and fertilize oestrous hinds is often overlooked in relation to reproductive performance of the herd.