Rockinp Ranch was a deer farm in Texas selling breeder stock and does. In the pursuit of ever increasing scores on whitetail bucks it is interesting to see the returns that deer breeding farms can return. It boils down to entry cost of land, breeder stock and good marketing. We all have regulations, feed, insurance and vet costs and those remain somewhat constant.
What helps in returns is if you bought your acreage 10 to 20 years ago and bought your feedstock years ago as well. If I paid $500/acre 20 years ago while you paid $3000/acre I have a unique competitive advantage on you. My returns are going to be multiple of yours all things being equal.
The other beauty is if my original lineage was purchased many years ago it is likely the backbone of my breeding is much lower than yours. What doesn’t depend on time is Marketing. If you are a much better marketer than I am and you can present your bucks in a better light to more potential buyers then you might very well be able to overcome the first two substantial advantages I have over you.
This is one of the reasons that the Rockin P has gone to Montana. We are finding reasonable real estate and good forage due to the irrigation availability of land here. We are not disclosing the location as of yet but we believe bigger bodies from Montana and larger antlers from Texas might very well be a good combination.
We will need to plan for colder temps until our stock from Texas gets use to the colder temps but believe we can build a better deer. So stay tuned and we will let you know what we are doing as time goes on. The growth in hunters looking for bigger and bigger horns makes us believe that returns can be attractive as long as we can control entry investment and costs. Deer farming is one of the fastest growing industries in the US per the NADeFA . We plan on riding that trend.