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Ready to Rut!

Mid September marks the beginning of the rut (breeding season). Below are a few facts about what happens this time of year at Church Farm! 1. In the lead up to the rut (breeding season), there are a number of physiological changes to male deer including an increase of testosterone, the doubling of neck thickness, the larynx becoming more prominent and the tongue changing shape. 2. Roars are used as the first line of defence to deter rivals. A deeper louder roar signals a larger animal. The sound of a roar can help rival stags determine from a distance whether to try their luck, and females can use it to judge the best quality males in the area. 3. Stags will thrash about in the vegetation...

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Budding Up

At this time of year, the calves start to grow their first set of antlers. Budding antlers can be seen growing on the heads of male calves from late winter. 

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