I have stock in a 30 acre pasture that I can deliver to you when your ready. All they are fed is Safe-guard wormer twice a year, alfalfa hay, and protein feed from Fehners in Gonzales, TX(either with wormer in it or without, just general 20% protein), and general livestock mineral blocks. That's it. They have grazing in that pasture as well. The only shots we would give a animal would be a Vitamin B, injectable wormer, and of course whatever drug that we use to dart them. 99% of the time we are not darting out of this pasture. They are run through a long trap and into a barn where we sort them into the trailer or into cubicles inside the barn to seperate them.
That being said, there are a few out there that get into breeding them in WT breeder size pens, but I really don't see that as being cost effective to sell the exotics like axis and blackbuck. The top end value in comparison to other species just isn't there to make it worth it in my view. You would be better off to just raise WT in the same pen and make more money. But, some do it because they love axis or just love raising animals in the method.
I do agree with your point on the genetics. That is also why I don't do that method. Fallow and Red Deer are a little different and their genetic potential I have seen work using good breeding and husbandry practices. But from Axis, I just haven't seen it without some type of manipulation in those facilities.
There are a few sources to get animals from. Try Caffey Bar 6 Game Ranch - Terry and his son Dale are good to deal with. You may also try Rick Welch in Bastrop. He has been on this forum a time or two. Both of these I have bought animals from and I haven't had any kind or problem with their quality delivered or service.
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