Established in 1988, Blaschke Exotics has become one of the most respected exotic livestock producers in the State of Texas, shipping thousands of deer and antelope across the country as well as regular exports to Mexico and other international destinations.

Nolan Blaschke, president and CEO of Blaschke Exotics, is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable people in the rapidly growing field of exotic livestock in the state of Texas. He graduated with a degree in agricultural science from Texas A&M University in 1962, and holds a masters degree in education. He spent 22 years as an agriculture teacher with the Columbus Independent School District, which put him in constant contact with the constantly evolving field of agriculture science. He maintains the rapidly-expanding Blaschke Exotics spread outside of Altair, Texas with the assistance of John Blaschke, a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University who also serves as vice-president of Blaschke Exotics.

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the exotic livestock market, we do not have price lists as such. However, any interested parties are invited to email Blaschke Exotics directly for for price quotes on specific animals or stock. If you are new to the exotic livestock industry, we will be happy to answer your questions and work with you to determine which type of animal best suits your specific needs.



For more information on our services, available livestock or StagWall modular fencing, please contact us at:

Blaschke Exotics
118 River Bend Drive
Columbus, Texas 78934
Res/Fax: (979) 732-3996
Mobile: (979) 732-7249



Frequently Asked Questions

I'm interested in buying some animals. Will you send me a price list?

If you inquire on the price of a specific species you're interested in, we'll be more than happy to quote you a price. But we can't send you a price list of every species featured on our website -- or even half the species. Why? This may sound odd, but we don't have a price list. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is that prices on many of these animals fluctuate weekly depending on supply and demand. It may help to think of it like the stock market: You don't write to Wall Street asking for a price list, right? Also, we don't always have all the animals featured on our website on our farm, so if we're out of, say, bongos, and you want three cows, we'll have to go out and hunt some down for you. We won't know how much they'll cost until we find some, which could take several weeks. Of course, there are a few species that have held fairly steady in cost over the years: Axis does generally start at around $300, blackbuck does at $250, fallow does at $150 and red hinds at $500 with bucks for all of these species generally higher -- although these prices are subject to change without notice! We can usually offer price breaks on large orders, but this should be negotiated directly with Nolan. Remember, for a quote on a specific animal, all you have to do is ask.

You have some great bucks on your site. Do you offer hunts?

Sorry, but we're a deer farm. We don't offer hunts. We don't have the infrastructure or open range to support a satisfying hunt. We can, however, recommend several reputable hunting ranches that offer fair chase hunts. Contact Beaver Creek Ranch and Deep Creek Ranch/Comanche Star Ranch for starters, and drop us a line if you need any others.

I'm interested in starting a deer farm. What do I need to do in order to get started? Can you send me literature on deer farming?

We've helped quite a few people get set up for deer farming -- some just for their personal enjoyment, others for serious commercial operation. We will be happy to offer consultation and help you get started, but we don't have any literature to offer. There are quite a few excellent resources available, however, that can give you all the basics you need to get started -- or at least a good foundation to build on. Elizabeth Cary Mungall's Exotics on the Range, published by Texas A&M University Press, is the most authoratative volume available today on the exotic industry. Focusing mainly on Texas, this engrossing read covers everything from the history of introductions of exotic livestock into Texas to determining land carrying capacity, disease and parasite control, nutrition and literally everything else you would need to know to get a working knowledge of deer farming. Texas A&M also has a good number of research papers available online. To read these you'll need the Adobe Acrobat Viewer available for free.
Determining Carrying Capacity for Combinations of Livestock, White-tailed Deer and Exotic Ungulates
Marketing and Management of Exotics
Meat Processor's View of Game Ranching for Meat Production in the Hill Country
White-tailed Deer Competition with Goats, Sheep, Cattle and Exotics
Wildlife Disease in the Open Range Environment

For more related papers and information, you might want to check out Wild Things, an extensive site maintained by Texas A&M University/Texas Agricultural Extension Service.



BUCK FEVER

Want to get a healthy lease on life? Your deer lease may be helpful.

In the fall, buck fever lures hunters to their favorite deer leases and blinds. But there's more than good sportsmanship here. Wild game can be important low-fat, high-protein additions to the diet.

"Many forms of wild game have less fat, but just as much protein and nutritional value as standard supermarket meats," said Tim Maynard, M.D., Scott & White family practice physician, medical director of the Scott & White Clinic, Gatesville and assistant professor with the Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Deer, elk, antelope and bison have from 33 percent to 90 percent less fat per serving than a piece of beef top loin.

"In fact, all these game meats contain less fat than skinless light chicken meat," added Dr. Maynard.

Because the game has little fat, it must be cooked using moist heat--such as with water, broth or wine. Larding venison--placing strips of animal fat such as bacon inside roasts--adds unwanted saturated fats.

Excerpted from:

"Buck Fever" wins

Wild game adds low-fat, high-protein to table
Scott & White Options for Health, October 1998



A typical herd of Blaschke Exotics axis deer can number into the hundreds of animals. Very social, these axis herds split off into smaller groups and remerge constanstly throughout the day, moving to the cool, protective shade of our thick woodland cover during the heat of the day and then out to graze on our open grassland in the milder evening hours.



Our livestock live in a varied environment whick provides them with open spaces, woodland areas and thick brush cover, an ideal habitat for both the grassland-loving black buck and the more adaptive axis. There are also numerous waterholes on our land, providing our livestock with ample opportunity to satisfy their thirst during the hot Texas summers.