Why Deer Farming?
The whitetail deer is the most popular big game animal in North America. There’s no reward greater than watching and caring for these amazing animals. As long as hunting remains legal, there will be a demand for trophy whitetails.
Raising animals and tending the land is a way of life that has been handed down by our grandfathers and their fathers before them. But today many landowners are finding it increasingly difficult to pay the bills, and the outdoor way of life is fading from the North American landscape. Thankfully, deer farming is giving many families a whole new outlook on land stewardship and a new means to save and grow the family farm.
Deer farming is one of the fastest growing industries in rural America, and it is a great alternative agricultural pursuit for families. Compared to traditional livestock, the deer industry is booming. It generates over $3 billion dollars annually for the U.S. economy and supports tens of thousands of jobs in communities across America.
In 2016, Kentucky deer farms and high fence preserves generated over $10 million dollars in deer sales.
History and Mission
KALA was organized over 20 years ago as a non-profit organization in Kentucky dedicated to improving the quality of Kentucky deer herds.
- Our intent is to promote deer farming as an agricultural alternative and to educate our members through educational programs and literature through leadership.
- Promote, encourage, and discuss ideas on breeding, handling, healthcare and management.
- Represent deer farms to all levels of government as well as livestock producers.
- Promote and market deer and deer products to markets.
- As the voice of deer farms throughout Kentucky, KALA is always seeking to improve deer habitat on all private lands.
Starting a deer farm requires energy, innovation, and research. Your first step is to visit a deer farm and/or a quarterly KALA meeting and talk to other deer farmers. It’s important to network with other deer farmers in order to decide what is right for you.