The Vantage Point! - Deer - NZ by AndreaEL
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Deer farming originated in New Zealand, and this country remains the world’s largest and most advanced in this specialized agricultural pursuit.
There are more than 4,000 deer farms in New Zealand, ranging in size from small hobby farms to extensive commercial operations. On these farms are approximately 1.8 million deer, or half the world’s farmed deer population. This figure includes an estimated 1.2 million female deer (hinds or cows) and 600,000 stags and bulls.
Deer are not native to New Zealand. The first deer were imported from England and Scotland for sport in the mid to late 19th century. The deer were released mainly in the Southern Alps and its foothills in the South Island. The environment proved to be ideal. By the middle of the 20th century, deer were regarded as pests because of their impact on the environment and native forests.
The export of feral (wild) deer started in the 1960s, turning a pest into an export earner. Industry pioneers saw an opportunity in the early 1970s to build on this base by capturing live deer and farming them. A new industry was born and rapidly spread throughout Rural New Zealand.
Taken along a rural road near Alexandra New Zealand

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Oct 31st 2010


My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • joycee
    joyceeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Andrea! Love this.

  • Thank you Joyce for your kind and wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture:)

  • Thank you, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture with great info. Do they farm them to use the venison? XXSUEXX

  • Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment, much appreciated. And yes they do farm them for Venison in NZ.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Andrea this is fantastic!!!!! Fabulous capture!

  • Thank you Robin for your kind and wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a lovely group. I love their long necks and pert ears.

  • Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 4 years ago

    Wow, great capture Andrea

  • Thank you Lynn for your wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful image – really love it.

  • Thank you Rose for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Looks like you sure got their attention! Great capture, Andrea!!

  • Thank you Dot for your kind comment, much appreciated. I had their attention for a few seconds then they were off

    – AndreaEL

  • bazcelt
    bazceltover 4 years ago

    well done Andrea – great capture!

  • Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • artfulvistas
    artfulvistasover 4 years ago

    Wowee!! Fabulous!! Andrea!!

  • Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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