Modern Farming in Poland

No More Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Polish villages have long been associated with ‘traditional’ farm animals like cows, pigs, sheep and horses. However nowadays we are seeing increasingly more deer, fallow deer, wild boar, bison, llamas, mouflons, alpacas and ostriches. Is this a trend or a genuine business idea? ‘Rapper’ the deer comes running first. The sound of an engine alerts him and he comes running immediately from the far end of the pasture. He crams his muzzle into the wide mesh of the netting that encloses the pasture and smells the people who have arrived. Behind him other deer come running. They all are young males. They stop at a safe distance and are nervous, ready to bolt at any moment. They jealously watch ‘Rapper’ cram his muzzle into a large bucket of oats. There is a deer farm in Ruda, in the province of Warmia-Mazuria. Many of the animals have been fed and brought up by people and are now domesticated and, unlike their half-wild cousins, are not afraid of humans. This is an important part of running a successful farm. Bottle-reared deer show other deer that people can be trusted allowing these non-traditional herds to be more easily managed.

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