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    deer feed

    anyone tell me where I can get some bagged deer feed from ,or suggest a feed

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolley View Post
    anyone tell me where I can get some bagged deer feed from ,or suggest a feed
    Have you just watched Countryfile??

    Going to grow yourself a nice malformed like old droopy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tolley View Post
    anyone tell me where I can get some bagged deer feed from ,or suggest a feed
    Try your local agricultural corn merchant.

    Or simply google deer feed ?

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    Wheat and Molasses - local pet shop that does equestrian stuff

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    Oats are about the safest of the grains to start deer on. They die from acidosis just like any other ruminant if they eat too much wheat on their first sitting. After a week it can be fed out "ad lib", but if you stop feeding it for several days start slowly again. I go through a few hundred kg of molasses a week when it dries out here. The most important thing to remember with molasses is they will need lots of fibre (not grain). Molasses is also great as a medium for adding minerals (salt & lime) & urea as a "non protein nitrogen". I use 3% urea (by weight) mixed well into molasses as a cheap source of protein (about 600 times cheaper than grain, before even compairing the energy/carbohydrates in the molasses), but the deer must have a source of fibre, even poor straw will be sought out & eaten by deer on this. Many of the asian species of deer & antelope wont touch a solid lick, but they all love a liquid lick.

    For ease, if I'm buying feed other than hay, I usually go for manufactured pellets at around 14% protein ("sheep & cattle nuts"). I will always try to buy a few tonnes of the reject oats after they have been graded for seed from a couple of local farms, but this is opportunistic & a not reliable or regular source. I'd have to be given a lot of wheat for nothing, before I'd consider using it.
    "Men Who Stare at Deer."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkey View Post
    Oats are about the safest of the grains to start deer on. They die from acidosis just like any other ruminant if they eat too much wheat on their first sitting. After a week it can be fed out "ad lib", but if you stop feeding it for several days start slowly again. I go through a few hundred kg of molasses a week when it dries out here. The most important thing to remember with molasses is they will need lots of fibre (not grain). Molasses is also great as a medium for adding minerals (salt & lime) & urea as a "non protein nitrogen". I use 3% urea (by weight) mixed well into molasses as a cheap source of protein (about 600 times cheaper than grain, before even compairing the energy/carbohydrates in the molasses), but the deer must have a source of fibre, even poor straw will be sought out & eaten by deer on this. Many of the asian species of deer & antelope wont touch a solid lick, but they all love a liquid lick.

    For ease, if I'm buying feed other than hay, I usually go for manufactured pellets at around 14% protein ("sheep & cattle nuts"). I will always try to buy a few tonnes of the reject oats after they have been graded for seed from a couple of local farms, but this is opportunistic & a not reliable or regular source. I'd have to be given a lot of wheat for nothing, before I'd consider using it.
    Rolled oats are fed a lot here for feeding roe in the winter. They do like to eat the maize spread out for the boar as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkey View Post
    For ease, if I'm buying feed other than hay, I usually go for manufactured pellets at around 14% protein ("sheep & cattle nuts"). I will always try to buy a few tonnes of the reject oats after they have been graded for seed from a couple of local farms, but this is opportunistic & a not reliable or regular source. I'd have to be given a lot of wheat for nothing, before I'd consider using it.
    I use a general stock not as mentioned above. It costs about 250 per tonne in bags.

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    Has anyone considered using, or has used 'brewers-grains' ? This product is somewhat more tolerant of being exposed to the elements, therefore, if you are not 'local' to your 'ground', you may find this more suitable. I have easy access to 'brewers-grains' on one of my pheasant shoots and use it as suplementary feed for them. I've noticed roe 'rooting around' amongst it from time to time. It has a 'certain' attractive aroma about it which may also add to the appeal ?!
    I am unsure as to it's cost, I just help myself from the large bulk load the farmer has delivered.

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    I'd use Brewers grain if i could find an affordable & regular source & an affordable way to handle & store it. It has good crude protein (& some bypass), good fats & good digestibility. For myself its 300km to the closest brewery, whereas most of my nieghbours grow some cereals, & there is at least three feed companies which produce pelleted feed (will do custom orders) within 100km.

    Brewers grain has an incorrect phospherious/calcium ratio for deer (lactatation & antler growth). There is typically twice as much phospherious as calcium when it should be the inverse. I'd be top dressing with lime if I was using this.
    "Men Who Stare at Deer."

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    Suger beet and molasses pellet are cheap but not ideal as an exclusive supplement for park deer.

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