Mt Hutt Station, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Mt Hutt Station is a family owned and operated large scale deer farm covering 7000 aces of flat land rising to the boundary of Mt Hutt Ski field. The current herd consists of 2500 breeding hinds and 2000 velveting stags and their replacements. Deer can run nearly to the top of Mt Hutt Skifield or graze on lush green pastures on the flats. This is a natural environment for the deer to thrive in.
The Hood family at Hutt Station are regular suppliers of venison to Mountain River and go to great lengths to ensure animals are fed as well as possible on natural fodder crops and pastures throughout the year.
The video below follows Bruce Hood as he feeds his deer on a frosty morning after a snowfall in mid-winter. Each day their deer are given a ration of grass silage, along with a fresh area of pasture or winter crop and occasionally deer will also get a ration of locally produced barley or maize.
At present Bruce and Becky Hood run Mt Hutt Station with the assistance from Bruce’s parent’s Keith and Dennise. Mt Hutt Station is a very family orientated farm that produces quality animals for venison in an environment that is unique to New Zealand. Bruce and Becky have four children that will ultimately be the next generation of deer farmers at Mt Hutt Station.