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Velvet antlers

Velvet antlers

Velvet is the name given to deer antlers in their early stage of growth, before they harden into bone. Velvet antlers are soft tissue, covered with fine hair – hence the name. They grow very quickly – up to 2 centimetres per day. This stag shows about 60 days' growth. On each antler the tyne closest to the head is called brow, the second is bez (pronounced 'bay'), and the third is trez (pronounced 'tray').

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Ken Drew, 'Deer and deer farming - Velvet antler production', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15828/velvet-antlers (accessed 14 December 2019)

Story by Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008