Our aim is to produce high growth rate progeny from an efficient maternal weight hind through the use of the latest technology and best genetics available at the time.
Originally Sharrow Farm (now known as Wilkins Farming Ltd) supplied large numbers of hinds in the pioneering days of deer farming for corporations such as Eastern Deer Corporation in the Hawkes Bay and Land Corp through out the South Island along with smaller Southland based operations.
Deer breeding has spanned over Four decades now. Wilkins Farming has been breeding for velvet and body weight from various European bloodlines. Bloodlines bought from Rob Brookes, based mainly on King Richard from Festl bloodlines Germany. These genetics have been carried on through the mid 90’s with Blue 13 who is a son of King Richard and also through Red 7, a grandson of King Richard.
King Richard was a recognised champion sire and was owned by Rob Brookes on his Ladyson farm in England. There seems to have been a universal agreement on the merit of this stag that has produced hard antler weights up to 14.2kgs with his body weight around 320kgs in his prime. King Richard’s temperament was outstanding.
Along with these German genetics we have been crossed Hungarian blood at Wilkins Farming with a son of Kapos called Fredrich whose velvet and body weights speak for themselves and the progeny he left were certainly eye catching. Fredrich has been mated to selective hinds since being at Wilkins Farming, from various well-known bloodlines from German, Hungarian, Danish, Furzeland to Woburn & Warham. As well as cross breeding we have maintained some pure German and Eastern bloodlines.
Since 2001 artificial insemination (AI) has been a big part of introducing new genetics to our herd. On the back of AI since 2004 we have been using embryo transfer (ET) to help speed up the multiplication of the animals, controlling breeding for specific traits. We have also Breed and purchased top sires for venison growth and maternal traits. This includes a Maxamilian son (Named Megamilian) who has a current breeding value (BV) for 12 month growth rate of 21.1 on the most recent Deer select standings. This stag who is profiled in this catalogue not only has the figures but also has an outstanding temperament and a very solid body conformation.
As well as the recorded stock we have been continuously striving to breed European red deer for trophy/velvet and growth rate for large-scale commercial use.