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This is the place to keep up to date with news of special events, culinary innovations and new arrivals among our herds of deer.

 

Our Deer Are Casting 

17.03.2022

Our first red sire stag cast last week! 

Antlers are essentially like bone. The deer grow and cast their antlers annually. This cycle is driven by changes in testosterone levels. The older animals tend to cast first, usually starting in mid March. Some of the younger stags will cast as late as April and potentially even into May. 

Once cast (where they shed), tiny buttons are left – circles of tissue from which the new antlers start to grow. It is a matter of days before the velvet (growing tissue) starts growing over the pedicle. By late July/ August the antler is fully grown and rising testosterone levels causes the velvet to shrink and blood supply to dry up. The velvet peels off (“in tatters”) and they will rub their antlers on trees and shrubs to clean their antlers. This stage is “hard antler”. They retain their antlers through the rut (Sept-Nov) and the following March reduced testosterone levels cause the pedicle and antler to separate. 

The antlers look most magnificent when fully grown in late velvet in July. 

The entire cycle lasts about 5 months. The fastest recorded growth was 25mm per day – the fastest living growing tissue in any mammal. The antler cycle is unique in the animal kingdom. 

a male red deer in a grass field with blue skies

WHATS ON THIS OCTOBER HALF TERM

29.09.2022

OPEN DAILY SATURDAY 22ND TO SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER  Book Now For Half Term at Sky Park Farm. Along with the grand opening of the Tree Top Towers on Monday 24th October, we have a series of spooky events to celebrate […]

THE RUT HAS STARTED!

13.09.2022

The rut has started at Sky Park Farm!  We have introduced the red, white and sika stags to their rutting groups. The rut will last until November.  This is an impressive time on a deer farm with a full orchestra […]

SKY PARK FARM TEAM JOINED MARCUS BEAN, BBC GOODFOOD LIVE ON STAGE, GOODWOOD

13.09.2022

On Saturday 10th September, 2022 Matt Crow and Glyn Ingram were delighted to join Marcus Bean for a lively conversation on the Let’s Talk Food Stage at this year’s BBC Good Food Festival at Goodwood. Marcus was fascinated by the […]