This group need preferential feeding so they calve at condition score of 3-4. There is reduced survival of fawns born to hinds with a September condition score of less than 2.5. Overfeeding hinds early can also lead to dystocia problems later on as you use them to help manage the extra spring growth. Some hinds may need to actually lose condition at this time of year to prevent these problems occurring. Finishing and breeding systems need to focus on weaner growth rates for replacements and venison and velvetting stags require improved nutrition before the buttons drop. A well-fed stag with poor genetics will out-perform a poorly fed stag with high genetic potential. Stags should be divided into velvetting mobs according to when they drop their buttons so that they will be ready for harvest together.