There are a variety of recommendations regarding the nutrient requirements of deer.
It is likely that the maintenance of mature deer require a moderate level of crude protein, most likely around 12 or 13%. However, growing deer and the requirements for growing antlers (antlers are approximately 45% protein) may increase the protein requirement resulting in a diet averaging 16-18% crude protein. It is important to get deer growing at a good rate, particularly in their first year as this is the time for greatest growth and cannot be completely recuperated in later growing season.
In addition to the macro minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium) required for antler growth, it is equally important that the micro (trace) minerals are in sufficient quantities and balance to support the enzymes needed to make the proteins found in antler growth. Deerlicious® Feeds contain highly digestible fibers that can provide energy similar to that found in grain, but without the deleterious effects on rumen function or potential for “over-eating” disease.
Deerlicious® Feeds do not contain many mammalian proteins, and Prince Corporation does not even inventory any ruminant protein sources that can be implicated in chronic wasting disease. Prince Deerlicious® Feeds do not contain salt. Deer should be provided with a source of salt either as a block, formed or natural, or as a loose mineral.
Multiple Protein Sources
Deer are ruminants, and as such it is important to supply protein sources that feed both the deer directly and the rumen bacteria. Rumen bacteria have an amino acid balance that is very favorable for the support of animal growth.
Prince does not vary its formulations based on least cost formulation. Beyond that, we only purchase ingredients from sources with a history of providing consistent high quality products. By providing consistent high quality feed ingredients we encourage good feed consumption and steady production.
Prince operates its’ pelleting equipment at temperatures that have been shown to maximize digestibility of pellets verses those products manufactured at either cooler or warmer temperatures.
Prince offers four different Deerlicious® products for use in feeding deer. All products contain an apple flavor that has been demonstrated to attract deer, allowing for greater consumption and utilization.
* Warning: This and other Prince Products should not be used as “bait” products in states and jurisdictions that prohibit their use in such manners.