Research Article

Characteristics of selected parameters of antlers of the farmed fallow deer (Dama dama) in Poland

Aleksandra Barańska1, Krzysztof Głowacz 2, Marek Bogdaszewski 3, Żaneta Steiner-Bogdaszewska 3, Marcin Świątek 2 

1Lodzkie Agricultural Advisory Centre in Bratoszewice, Nowości 32, 95-011 Bratoszewice

2Institute of Animal Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW, Ciszewskiego 8, 02-786 Warsaw, Poland

3Witold Stefański Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55 00-818 Warsaw, Poland

Abstract. The aim of the study was to estimate antler parameters (mass, volume, density) of fallow deer (Dama dama) kept in in the Research Station of the Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kosewo Górne. The study involved 25 stags divided into 4 age groups: 2 years old (n=4); 3 years old (n=4); 4 years old (n=12); 5 years old (n=5). Antlers were cut before rutting when animals already rubbed velvet off. The analyses showed the significant differences in the mass and volume between age groups. Mass and volume increase with age while density was levelled.

Keywords: fallow deer, Dama dama, antlers, fallow deer farming

 

This Article

Received: 6 Sep 2023

Accepted: 24 Nov 2023

Published online: 17 Feb 2024

Accesses: 132

How to cite

Barańska, A., Głowacz, K., Bogdaszewski, M., Steiner-Bogdaszewska, &., Świątek, M., (2023). Characteristics of selected parameters of antlers of the farmed fallow deer (Dama dama) in Poland. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 22(2), 37–42. DOI: 10.21005/asp.2023.22.2.04.