March is traditional when the "roar" starts and the sire stags get active, rounding up their harem of hinds and keeping other stags at bay.
Weaners have now settled and made good growth rates though autumn. One mob has ad lib access to a grain feeder with barley in it. This barley has been grown on our farm, and we hope to increase live weight gain by feeding it.
The Autumn rains came early this year, 33mm on the 5 of March got pastures (especially lucerne) away again.
In the middle of March we were busy selecting hinds for our AI program.
Lyndon Matthews is the farm manager and one of the directors of Puketira Deer.