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Cervid health
More deer knowledge is needed
  1. Aiden Foster, president, Veterinary Deer Society and
  2. John Fletcher, deer practitioner
  1. Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, North Somerset BS40 5DU
  2. Venison Advisory Service, Harthill, Reediehill Farm, Auchtermuchty, Fife KY14 7HS
  1. email: johnfletcher{at}

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The deer family encompasses many species but it is chiefly red deer that are being kept on farms in the UK in increasing numbers. Great Britain is also unusual in having more traditional deer parks than any other nation in the world. Unlike farms, the parks are predominantly populated by fallow deer, but they also contain …

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