Woburn Deer sets the benchmark for pure English body weights
It is always such a rewarding feeling when hard work and attention to detail pay off and Woburn Deer are happy to introduce Chambers (01521 sire. Aragorn x dam. N11) who at 227kg at 2 years old is the biggest 2 year old every bred by Woburn Deer.
Part of our second AI programme in 2014 sires including Bloomsbury, Herbrand and Aragorn were used and the results could not be more impressive. As rising two year olds, the sons of these renowned New Zealand sires have shown what correct genetics, management and nutrition can help to achieve. He will definitely be one to watch for the future and with another world class Torrington two year old also in the paddock this is a year to savour.
It is not just the stags that have been outperforming our expectations, the hinds from this years AI have also shown fantastic body weights and I am sure will be appearing in top pedigrees in the years to come.
Woburn Deer achieves fantastic results to AI programme 2013
It can feel like an eternity but two and a half years after the first AI programme at Woburn using semen from top sires in New Zealand we can see the results of importing these fresh genetics into Woburn Deer Farm and the results have been fantastic.
To the right is a photo of the stand out 2 year old Speedwell (01417 sire. Norton II x dam. N40) who alongside other Norton II, Gibson and Woburn Alexander sons showed the potential gains available through progressive management.
Woburn Deer continues breeding programme success
Woburn Deer are proud to introduce Thorney (01301 sire. Torrington x dam. V25). Our first look at the two year old sons from very exciting sire Torrington Thorney stood out for his exceptional body weigh. 209kg at 2 year old he is one of the biggest Woburn two year old stags in England. It is clear that Torrington will live up to his expectations with an outstanding crop of 2 year old sons showing fantastic body size and confirmation with a variety of heavy multi pointed antlers.
This year was also exciting to see the arrival of a number of Herbrand and Bloomsbury stag and hind calves from AI programme 2014, keep a watch out for sales 2016 and a watch on future pedigrees to follow their progression.
Woburn Deer Secures International Reputation in Red Deer Genetics
Woburn Oak, a stag bred using the highest quality genetic material from Woburn Deer Farm, has broken all previous world records by producing 23.7kg of hard antler.
Woburn Deer has a long track record at the forefront of red deer genetics and antler production internationally. In addition to their herds located on the Woburn Estate in the UK, Woburn Deer worked in partnership with The Stanfield Stud in New Zealand from 1994 to 2012 to establish a renowned herd of red deer in the southern hemisphere.
These bloodlines, which originate from semen and live exports from the Woburn Deer Farm, have become record breakers. Woburn Herbrand became the first deer to exceed 600 SCI and won the National Hard Antler competition in New Zealand three years in a row. Woburn Endsleigh took up the record for most points when he achieved 60 points – a record that had stood since the celebrated 56 pointer at Moritzburg in 1686. Woburn Oak has now taken the achievements of genetic bloodlines from Woburn Deer to new heights with the production of a world record weight of 23.7kg of hard antler.
Woburn Deer Farm continues record for successful live exports deer
This year, Woburn Deer can also claim to be the first to successfully export live deer directly to customers in Russia. This adds to the range of countries which have previously received deer from Woburn including France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, USA, Hungary, Sweden, Germany, Latvia and the Czech Republic.