Spring has well and truly arrived at Puketira Deer – a post winter weighing shows that all three weaner deer mobs are now growing at 300 grams/day and the top mob averaged 146 grams/day through the winter months, twice what the bottom mob was growing at. Is this better genetics showing through?
With a rising schedule a decision is made to kill 50 yearling stags in Mid September. We endeavor to take out slow growing animals and retain those growing at over 300 grams/day.
Tailing of lambs has started with one block of set stocked ewes achieving 199 lambs from 102 ewes = 195%. Other twin mobs are around 183%. September proves to be wetter than normal with some drizzly Easterly rain. At the end of the month a further 10ha is drilled into barley for cereal silage.