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Professor Haigh's Extension Notes

In the early days of the game farming industries, Dr. Jerry Haigh was a professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. He was already recognized as a significant contributor to international zoological and wildlife medicine and, in the early 1980's he became one of the original members of the Canadian deer and elk industry. He and his wife owned and operated Marimba Farms near Saskatoon, raising elk and the occasional deer. As part of his work at the WCVM, Jerry created a series of extension notes on the practice of game farming and used much of the material in a book he co-authored in 1993 with Dr. Bob Hudson from the University of Alberta. The publication of "Farming Wapiti and Red Deer" consolidated his position as an international veterinary authority on cervid medicine.

Dr. Haigh's Notes for the Game Farming Industry are presented in pdf form below. Please remember that copyright rules still apply and that reproduction of these notes in any form, electronic or printed, for commercial use is against the law.


Choosing Your Bison
Handling Bison
Tranquillizing Bison


Elk Farm Start-up 1
Elk Farm Start-up 2 - Choosing Your Elk
Handling Your Elk
Antler Harvesting
Orphan Animals 1
Orphan Animals 2
Calving, Lactation, Weaning
Reproductive Management of Elk
Seasonality and Reproductive Behaviour of Elk
Selling Stock
Feeding Wapiti on Game Farms


Administering Drugs
Sedation and Immobilization
Rompun (xylazine) Misuse


Disease Considerations
Copper - Deficiency & Toxicity
Brain and Muscle Worms
Liver Flukes
Malignant Catarrhal Fever
Winter Tick
Capture Myopathy


Introducing . . . . .  Fallow Deer
Feeding Your Deer
Maximizing Your Fawn Crop
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer

Other Species

Mountain Sheep