Case Studies for Deer

Chris Cohen - Bass Farm, Australia
Deer Trial

"To effectively trial the fodder, we separated our hinds into two groups:

• Group A - a larger group to be fed with quality hay and supplemented with the hydroponic sprouting barley grass (fodder) from our system

• Group B - a smaller group to be fed with good 15% protein silage as per last year"


"After a couple of weeks of feeding Group A, and with the deer slowly getting used to the changed diet, the deer eagerly awaited the fodder and would eat every blade of fodder grass including the root mat.

The first noticeable effect on Group A was coat quality, with the hook coat disappearing and winter coat falling out faster to reveal a glossy, deep red summer coat. Group B’s winter coat did not start to fall out until much later.

Over the next couple of months weight gain in Group A was very obvious to the point that the difference in health and size of Group B was so marked I decided to feed the Group B fodder as well. While it turned out to be too late for Group B to ovulate, the health of the deer improved almost straight away."


"To summarise the noticeable improvements, when baby drop was underway there was a 95% + pregnancy drop for Group A. With Group B, although the deer were now healthier and had increased body weight, only 70% appeared to be pregnant and they were much later in dropping. It was clear that the percentage of successful ovulation for test Group A, the deer fed on the fodder throughout the entire period of the trial, had significantly increased.

Another benefit we found in having the fodder as an affordable supplement feed ration, was the rotation of stock from one paddock to another decreased markedly. This had the side benefit of allowing for increased pasture growth. The free pasture was a lot healthier and in greater abundance."


"I was very happy with the results of feeding hydroponic sprouting barley grass fodder on my deer. They enjoyed eating the fodder. It is easy and clean to feed out. Over a long period of time I sense that feeding the deer this fodder would be very good for teeth wear. I didn't have any signs of diarrhoea or unused grain in their faeces which mean it was highly digestible. The fodder also significantly reduced our feed costs. This means we could consider increasing our stock numbers in future."

- Chris Cohen

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