So You Want to be a Deer Farmer – Part 2 of 2

In Part I, I discussed some of the research that you need to do, and some of the questions you need to answer, prior to starting a deer or elk farm. Assuming that you have done this, and have decided you want to proceed, the next step is to prepare a business plan. A business … Continue reading

So You Want to be a Deer Farmer – Part 1 of 2

I get quite a few e-mail and guest book requests from people who want to become a deer farmers. If you are one of those considering deer or elk farming (and there are a few on our mailing list), here is some advice and suggestions on how to get started. First, why would anyone want … Continue reading

Reducing Liability Risks on Your Farm

If you have people to your farm for paid hunting, visits or other events, you may be liable if they are injured while on your property. A successful lawsuit could financially ruin your operation and you personally. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your liability risks. First, you should definitely consider insurance … Continue reading

Records, Records and More Records

I know you would rather be out in the pens looking after your deer and elk rather than sitting at a computer updating your livestock records. However, you better get used to spending more time keeping detailed records! There are five major reasons why good livestock records must be maintained: Regulations – most jurisdictions that … Continue reading

Prognosis for the Elk Industry

You can’t blame an elk farmer for being a little down these days. The discovery of CWD in Saskatchewan elk herds has resulted in a “temporary” ban by Korea on any elk product imports from Canada and the United States. Koreans are by far the largest buyers of North American velvet. New Zealand has also … Continue reading

New Generation Co-ops

Deer and elk farmers are currently facing many challenges, with more on the horizon as we look towards the new millennium. The downturn in the velvet antler markets brought on by the Asian financial crisis, and the softening of prices for breeding stock, are but two issues impacting the industry. However, we must remember that … Continue reading

Interested in Reindeer Farming?

Over the last year or so, I have had the good fortune to work with the Alberta Reindeer Association, assisting them to develop their five-year business plan. As a result, I have gained an appreciation and respect for Santa’s transportation fleet – the reindeer. If you are an existing deer or elk farmer, you may … Continue reading

Elk Farming – The Rest of the Story

In the past few weeks, a number of articles in the media have focused on the elk farming industry. Normally we welcome the attention and are quite keen to discuss our industry, its future and the issues we are facing. However, we have noticed that the recent flurry of articles was based only on a … Continue reading

Director Responsibilities and Liabilities

If you are active in deer and elk industry associations, you may serve one or more terms on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors govern most non-profit organizations. If you are asked to serve (or are currently a director) on any non-profit board, you should be aware of your legal responsibilities and liabilities. … Continue reading