New Zealand deer farming systems utilise Cervus elaphus subspecies and crossing genotypes is a common tool to gain a productive advantage. One of the most common crosses is that of a stag with a high content of North American Wapiti (C. e. manitobensis, nelsoni, roosevelti) over the traditional New Zealand (NZ) red hind of English or Scottish origin (C. e. scoticus) for venison production, with on the aim of attaining slaughter live weight ...Continued

JF, Ward, JA Archer, GW Asher, GK Barrell, and RP Littlejohn

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 68, Brisbane, Australia, 170-171, 2008
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