Post Number: 1
|Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 05:19 am: |
I am in the market to start a whitetail farm in Texas. I'm wanting someone to point me in the right direction. I guess info regarding from "a" to "z".
|Posted on Friday, July 15, 2005 - 03:44 pm: |
Well, you are starting in the state with the highest deer prices - maybe land is really cheap.
Dang - Tejas Northerns
|Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2005 - 12:43 am: |
Wisewildlife - What part of TX are you? I'm in Smith County and you would be welcome to visit my farm. We are currently building a working facility will be stretching wire on Monday. The deer industry in TX is contraversal. You will hear a lot of TX farmers promoting TX genetics due to their immune systems. I've visited with some of the best vets in and out of TX and can't find a single fact or article to support this theory. I know farmers who have not done well with northern breed deer but I think its more complicated than saying that they had inferior immune systems. In fact, south Tx breeders have been fighting EHD early this year and they raise the deer that are suppose to be stronger. Call the experts, don't lock into one breeder. There are some good deer but be ware. I raise pure northerns and haven't had a problem. I think we due have specific challenges in TX with the heat and weight of our animals. 903-780-5884
|Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 07:25 pm: |
I started in the last few years in Texas. What I found is that we are definitely in a dog-eat-dog market, on both the supply and selling. My advice would be to find out what you can sell and then base your business plan on that. The comments on northern deer are pretty much what I have experienced, but at the same time, buyers are interested in buying racks, not body weight.
Feed can be a real burden, and poaching is also a real problem.
For those of you constantly compaining about the high prices in Texas and also about the lack of ability to move deer, that is a political problem, and we are not about to solve any of that here. In my humble opinion, the closing of the broder contributes greatly to the seeming unreasonable prices that we have.
Just one person's opinion.
Not-In-Tx & Glad
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 06:46 am: |
You are right - take any business and limit the area you can buy and sell in - especially if there is limited supply and high demand. You are also right that it is political. There is a lot of money in TDA.
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 03:27 pm: |
I'm not telling you not to get started but don't rush into it. Don't spend money that you can't afford to lose. Don't buy w/o D.N.A. I'm small and 'have only been in the business 5 years. My 3 biggest problems have been E.H.D., dogs, and Texas temperatures (talking about penned deer). On the outside in my hunting area put poaching #1.
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 02:59 am: |
Contact the Texas Deer Association at 210-767-8300 and they will provide you with a lot of useful information. Feel free to email me at Todd@texaselk.com and I will be glad to help in any way I can. I live in Lubbock, Texas and have been raising whitetails for 5 years.
|Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:26 pm: |
Hi. I was wondering what the regulations were to start a deer farm in MO. How does one go about starting a deer farm? What kind of paperwork and licenses are required? Any info would be appreciated.
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2005 - 04:49 am: |
You need to contact you're local conservation department. They will help you with ALL questions you might have. We live in MO. and raise deer,the conservation set us right up. Of course there are some other local deer farmers that helped us a lot.If you have any questions feel free to e-mail us. If I don't know I will find out for you