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Intake requirements

The potential feed intake of animals is determined by physiological state (e.g. pregnancy, lactation, sex) and genetics. The animals’ health and the feed offered determine whether the potential is reached.

Key points

The feed requirements of deer differ depending on their age, stage of growth, the season, feed quality, environment and management.

Deer will make nearly 40% of their annual weight gain in spring, so supplying the highest quality pasture is a major priority from as early as late August when the deer growth spurt starts.

Ideally, producers should weigh at the end of autumn, winter and summer to monitor progress.

Intake requirements overview
How much do deer eat and what drives intake?
Young stock (R1)
Pre-mating & weaning
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