Breeding deer for trophies and venison production
In 1989 our first red deer arrived at the Marquettepolder farm. They had been delivered by the late Gerald Walker from the Maplehurst farm in West Sussex, England. Gerald remained a friend ever since until the day he died. Today sika and fallow deer are also bred along with the red deer. Yet, these are actually pets and do not represent any commercial activity.
Decades of perseverance in the selection with a view to breeding better deer has been appreciated both by local and international customers. From the very beginning we have been paying attention to the following selection criteria:
- Frame, ratio weight and age
- Quality of the trophy
Bloodlines in our breeding programme:
We use bloodlines which have been successfully selected by hunters in nature for many years and which have consequently become famous because of the desirable genes they carry. Our master stags are direct descendants of several central European bloodlines, a Danish and an English one.
- Deer from the Schulte-Wrede park in former Eastern Germany;
- Deer from former Marshall Tito from Yugoslavia, now Croatia. These deer have specifically long, heavy antlers which are however rarely multipointed.
- Two stags from 2 different Hungarian bloodlines. Both are very heavy animals. One had 9 kilogrammes cut antler weight at the age of 4 years.
- The bloodlines from Jaegersborg, the royal park near Copenhagen. This hunting park is known worldwide for its outstanding antler quality. It uses a bloodline in which sometimes a white deer is born.