‘Deer museum’ is one of the businesses operated by ‘Rotorua Heritage Farm’

History of Deer industry

Deer was brought to New Zealand in the late 19th century at first.
It was for sports such as hunting.
However, there were no big predators to threat deer
in New Zealand, they spread rapidly.

Red deer are the representative species that are living in many New Zealand forests.
Wapiti, Sika, Sambar, Rusa, Fallow, White-tail,
and Axis are also found easily in New Zealand.

At the early 20th century, deer spread throughout the forest.
A herd of wild deer has made many damages by eating plants in farms or on nature.

It became an opportunity to activate deer hunting.
Since the 1920s, the hunters were also able to sell meat or venison
because he went to a remote area to kill the deer.

Deer farming began in the late 1960s.
Today, more than 1.7 million deer live on New Zealand farms.
Deer are cultured for Venetian and velvet horns,
so deer became one of the important animals with sheep and
cow in New Zealand agriculture industry.

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