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Fallow deer: Feeding and shelter

Fallow deer thrive on high-quality ryegrass and clover pasture. 

They are less able to cope with rank pastures. During the colder months, supplementary feeds like good-quality hay/balage/lucerne hay or barley/oats may be fed out. They are even partial to sheep nuts. Where winter crops are grown, Fallow deer readily take to kale and swedes. 

Regular feeding of nuts helps quieten down your herd. It is also recommended to provide shade/shelter for security in the form of tussock grass or strategic tree plantings in the corner of paddocks. 

Shelter belts provide excellent cover in adverse weather conditions.

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