Balancing supply & demand

Balancing supply & demand

A major limitation to deer production from pasture is the imbalance between the seasonal forage supply and the animal demand that occurs due to the late spring calving of deer compared to sheep and cattle. Ryegrass/white clover pastures produce high quality feed in spring, with peak production in late spring, followed by reduced summer growth and a decline in quality. The addition of specialist pastures and crops can be used in the farm system to provide high quality feed at appropriate times of the year.

feed demand table

Feed sources and their associated feed values in MJME/KgDM

Feed budgeting is critical to establish feed required to hit productivity targets at key times of the year integrated grazing requires a good understanding of both pasture management and animal requirements.

Conversion tables and stocking rate calculations