Feral deer are reducing the ability of many Australian farmers to earn a living.
Some farmers are spending more time managing feral deer on their property than they are managing their own livestock.
Other farmers are having to find income off the farm to cover the costs of the impacts of feral deer.
This is causing significant physical, financial and psychological stress to many farmers in Australia.
The other impacts feral deer have on agriculture include:
- Competing with livestock for grass and grain, during periods of drought – many deer can easily jump fences up to 2m high.
- Biting cattle and spreading livestock pests such as cattle ticks, and diseases such as foot and mouth, and lymes disease.
- Damaging large areas of fencing.
- Decimating vineyards and orchards by Ring barking and eating plants down below the soil line.
- Spreading invasive weeds, which become expensive and difficult for farmers to manage.