Elk and deer farming is one of the most diverse animal industries that can provide something for all types of interests. Our farmers are in the business for the love the animals, diversification, profit and/or a hobby. Many of our members raise deer and elk full time and many raise them as a side business.
The Kansas Cervid Breeders Association and its affiliated national associations would like to help any prospective elk or deer farmer get started.
Here are a few tips:
- Plan before you begin.
- Contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to ensure you know all the requirements for raising elk and deer. Farmed elk and deer can be raised in all counties of Kansas.
- Visit local elk and deer ranches to receive feedback and advice on facilities and herd management. The directory can be found on the KCBA Website.
- Shop around for feed and fence equipment.
- Purchase your stock from reputable farmers and ranchers.
- Set up a recordkeeping system to account for expenses and animal records.
- Always factor in professionalism in your operation and marketing plan. Deer and elk are unique operations that will give you attention in your local area. Think about public perception and what they see when you develop your farm. Be the example of a quality and ethical operation.
- Join the Kansas Cervid Breeders Association to learn the latest industry news, tips and market information.
In addition to the KCBA, there are several national associations that can help you get started:
Elk - North American Elk Breeders Association
Whitetail Deer - North American Deer Farmers Association & Deer Breeders Corporation
Axis Deer - Exotic Wildlife Association
Barasingha Deer - Exotic Wildlife Association
Fallow Deer - Exotic Wildlife Association & North American Deer Farmers Association
Mule Deer - North American Deer Farmers Association
Pere David Deer - Exotic Wildlife Association
Red Deer - North American Deer Farmers Association & Exotic Wildlife Association
Reindeer - Reindeer Owners & Breeders Association