tokoroa
vets
Phone: 07 886 6119

Deer

We offer a full range of on-farm services such as TB testing, velvetting, synchronising AI programmes and pregnancy testing.

Experience and local knowledge means we can tailor an animal health plan to your farm. Mineral supplementation is important on the Central Plateau so blood and liver samples can be taken to plan and monitor your supplementation programme.

We use rectal ultra-sound for pregnancy testing. This can be done earlier than abdominal scanning so empty hinds can be off the property in the late autumn or early winter.

Tony is certified to oversee farmers doing their own velvetting.

Below is a brief outline of the main animal health events during the year for your deer:

 

Deer Calendar

 

Month

Event

January

  • Develvet re-growth stags
  • Weigh yearlings
  • Review parasite management plan
  • Tagging

February

  • Spiker hard antler removal
  • Weigh yearling hinds
  • Lepto booster
  • Early weaning
  • Monitor for facial eczema and ryegrass staggers
  • Join stags with MA hinds (yearling hinds earlier)

March

  • CIDR hinds and AI
  • Monitor hinds and stags during rut
  • Young-stock vaccinations (Yersiniosis, 5in1/7in1, Lepto)

April

  • Late weaning
  • Booster vaccinations

May

  • Stag removal
  • Pregnancy test (30 days post stag removal)
  • Trace element testing (dry hinds at works)
  • Lungworm risk
  • TB testing

June

  • Yersiniosis risk (over winter)
  • Lice risk
  • Copper supplement if needed

July

  • Abortion surveillance

August

  • Button drop
  • Preferentially feed velvet stags

September

  • Pre-fawning checks
  • Mob velvet stags
  • Type 2 otertagiosis risk

October

  • Set-stock for fawning

November

  • Velveting/ velvet assessment
  • Fawning/ calving

December

  • Weigh yearlings
  • Velveting
  • Ticks on fawns risk