Many deer farmers find it helpful to set targets for the growth rate of their finishing animals and replacement hinds. Monitoring growth rates against these targets lets them know if they are on track, or if a change is needed in the management of the animals. The Deer Growth Curves provide predictions of growth to hit liveweight targets for young deer. Printed posters are available, as well as on-line calculators.
A guide to calculating the proportion of hinds required to be mated to maternal sires to breed replacement females and the proportion that could be mated to higher growth rate sires to increase venison production. Sires with EBVs for 12 month weight, or 'Early Kill' index can be viewed on the
Benchmarks of good performance derived from AgResearch deer data. Templates to help analyse specific aspects of farm performance. Recording sheets are available for: Velvet, Finishing, Reproduction, and Replacement Hinds.