Australia has 196 deer farms, most of which are located in Victoria (35%), South Australia (24%) and New South Wales (12%). The size of the herd nationwide is 43,856, with red deer accounting for 48%, followed by fallow deer (44%), and a small number of species such as Lusa, Elk, Sambar, Chital deer, deer cross and Hogdia.
What kind of deer are there in Australia?
First introduced as a hunting animal by European settlers from Europe and Asia in the 19th century, Australia is now home to six species of deer. Fallow, red, chital, pig, lusa, sambar.
Are you an Australian sika deer?
Sika deer is a species prohibited by the laws of all states and territories except Victoria, and in the early 2000s Biosecurity Australia established captive herds in Victoria. Allowed import of deer semen and embryos used in. Hybrid with Red Deer (Braysher and Walter 2006).
Can venison be cultivated?
Venison is supplied because wild venison cannot always provide the consistency required by modern retailers and the prospects for increasing the supply of wild venison are limited. Offers the only opportunity to increase.
What is a farm? What is a bred deer?
This early industry faces many challenges as it grows. Among them: it can be capital intensive (eg breeding livestock); there are no production standards. Many growers are small and have part-time or hobby farms. Another important issue is the presence of deer chronic wasting disease (CWD).