All members changed velvet stag feeding regime
While all in the group have committed to a project or projects within their own farming operation to focus on, there have been a lot of gains and improvements that have been made apart from these. One which has been applied across a number in the group is in regards grain feeding. While it is common knowledge that crushing grain prior to feeding improves digestability and utilisation (no whole grain is visible in faeces) there are practical hassles with this. Deer specific nuts are at face value more expensive but the high utilisation makes them a much better option and in many cases provides a vehicle for additional copper supplement. Those in the group with velveting stags are all feeding nuts strategically – post rut/prewinter and around button drop until quality grass is available.