New Zealand Red Deer Antler Velvet
Velsulin is red deer antler velvet harvested from New Zealand red deer. Deer antler velvet is a rich source of growth hormones including IGF-1. The growth hormones are concentrated in the tip of the deer antler and are largely responsible for the rapid growth of the antler.
Velsulin red deer antler velvet is a natural, renewable source with a long history of safe and effective use, backed up by scientific research. Chinese medicine scholars consider it the most important traditional healing remedy next to ginseng. It is now commonly used as a supplement for muscle support and anti-ageing for both vegans and non-vegans.
New Zealand – world leaders in deer farming and research
New Zealand leads the world in both production of and research on deer antler velvet.
Red deer are not native to New Zealand, but they have been farmed here for many decades. New Zealand is home to half the world’s farmed deer population and the red deer (Cervus elaphus) makes up about 85% of the New Zealand deer population.
No hormones or growth stimulants and free-range
New Zealand deer receive no hormones or growth stimulants as no such products are licensed for use on deer in New Zealand. New Zealand’s climate, along with sophisticated farming techniques mean that deer are able to roam and graze naturally in the open air, free from stress.
New Zealand researchers have identified the ideal grasses for raising deer, along with their preferred meadow herbs. The pastures the deer roam are planted with specially selected grass species intermixed with bitter herbs like chicory, which deer love.
Everything is designed with the deer’s comfort and safety in mind. Even truck drivers are required to take a course and then be certified before they can transport deer. Trailers must be designed to exact specifications, with specialized ventilation and water sprinkling systems designed for cooling.
The antler is painlessly harvested by government certified technicians or veterinarians without any harm to the animal, much like wool is sheared from sheep, and it regrows each season. Before removal, the stags are carefully handled to reduce stress. They’re given a sedative to protect both the deer and the handler, and a local anesthesia is administered before removal of the antler.