Energy and protein requirements of fallow deer under a Mediterranean environment

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  • Published: 1 Apr 2004

  • Author(s): Ru, Y. J., Glatz, P. C.

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The nutritional management of deer is a vital strategy for the deer industry to maximise its
profitability. In southern Australia, the herbage availability for grazing deer fluctuates with the
season, resulting in a low availability of feed in autumn and winter, a surplus of green feed in spring,
and a dry feed period in summer/ autumn. The seasonal feed supply results in a significant variation
in growth rate of deer. Supplementary feeding in summer and early winter is required to achieve
economic production.