History of Elk Farming in North America

Many North Americans think that farming deer or elk is a radically new idea. In fact, deer have been farmed for thousands of years in various parts of the world. Written records describe intensive farming techniques for deer in Mediterranean and Asian countries well before the birth of Christ. In North America, elk (wapiti) were … Continue reading

Getting the Elk Industry Back on Track

The elk farming industry in North America is in the doldrums. Worse still, no one or no organization seems willing to do anything about it! Elk producers – those who are still left – seem to be sitting around waiting for things to improve. Many are hoping for the return of the good old days … Continue reading

Farmed Deer Statistics – United Kingdom and Canada

I often get asked by people interested in deer farming how the industry is doing, and what the future looks like. Unfortunately, my crystal ball is not much better than anyone else’s. My standard recommendation is to do a business plan that looks at the industry statistics and crunch some numbers to assess the potentials/risks. … Continue reading

Developing a Sustainable Deer Farming Industry

In 1998, Kaji Kado completed a study on specialty livestock for the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund. This study identified a number of significant challenges and obstacles facing developing alternative livestock industries including deer farming. Here is my summary of some of the issues identified by Mr. Kado. The industry is too capital intensive. Producers have … Continue reading

Deer Farming in Norway

Since the early 1980’s, forty-two deer farms have been established in Norway. The farms are small and only a few have reached the target number of animals. The number of breeding females is 500 red deer and 150 fallow deer. In the future, these farmers hope to have 2,100 breeding hinds, of which 600 would … Continue reading

Deer Farming in Australia

Deer are not indigenous to Australia. They were introduced into Australia during the nineteenth century under the acclimatization programs governing the introduction of exotic (non-native) species of animals and birds into Australia. Six species of deer were released at various locations. The animals dispersed and established wild populations at various locations across Australia, mostly depending … Continue reading

Challenges Facing the Alternative Livestock Industry

Kaji Kado did a research project for the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund entitled Saskatchewan Specialty Livestock Marketing Study. The study identified a number of major concerns and issues that must be addressed before the specialty livestock industry can grow and be successful. Some of these concerns and issues include: Inadequate promotion and food preparation training. … Continue reading