Deer Industry Conference 2015
2014 Velvet Competition results
View the results from the National and Regional Velvet & Hard Antler Competitions
New Velvet Status Declaration Form
New Velvet Status Declaration (VSD) docket books will be mailed out to every registered velvetter in October.
Deer out-earn dairy grazers big-time
A love of deer prompted the Rupert family of South Canterbury to retire from dairy farming and invest in deer.
2014 Velvet Competition Calendar
Looking for the dates of your Local or National Velvet Competitions?
Deer Industry News Issue 69
•Clayton Station: Innovation
•Alliance Group's Pure South
•The exotic world of Maral deer
What is DEERSelect
DEERSelect is a database for storing pedigree records and trait data collected from performance recorded animals.
Industry Advance Parties Progressing
The Deer Industry Passion2Profit Programme has 8 Advance Parties under-way in the regions
Deer training being ramped up
NZ Farmers Weekly, New Zealand, General News, Annette Scott, 26 Jan 2015
DEER farmer training is gathering momentum as the industry steps up to address a lapse in informal training. Following a break of several years, Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) has joined forces with the Primary Industry Training Organisation (ITO) to reintroduce formal training for deer farmers.
Velvet to the core
FWplus, 06 Dec 2014
The Laird family of Wanganui have been farming velvet since the 1980s but it has taken some new blood to start to rebuild numbers and reinvigorate their Red deer herd.
After completing a Lincoln degree and sharemilking in the dairy industry for a...
Runs on board for deer initiative (Fuseworks)
Yahoo! New Zealand, 14 Jan 2015
Advance Parties, a Deer Industry NZ initiative designed to help farmers increase the profitability of their farm businesses, is getting runs on the board. At the end of the first year of a three-year trial co-funded by the Sustainable Farming Fund,...
Brilliant velvet, weak venison prices
Rural News, 19 Jan 2015
With dry conditions and a disappointing venison schedule, it has been a tough start to the year for many non-velvet deer farmers.
Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) chair and Mid Canterbury farm advisor Andy Macfarlane is urging deer farmers to...
Venison firm confident of industry's future
Radio New Zealand, 07 Dec 2014
A fall in farmed deer numbers is not discouraging venison processor and exporter Duncan and Co.
Stags stand together in a deer farm in central Otago (January 2014).
The business has just expanded its operation by taking full ownership of...
Growing and grading ‘gold’
FWplus, 23 Dec 2014
What grows on a pasture-fed animal, is worth ten times more than most merino wool, and is a health food? It’s deer velvet; the young soft antlers on stags. Jo Grigg investigated the velvet supply chain and some of its workers.
Most of New Zealand’s...
Ag cert a winner
Countrywide (National), New Zealand, General News, Lynda Gray, 01 Jan 2015
"Worthwhile" is how Josh Harrex rates the Level 3 New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (livestock husbandry, deer). "I'd recommend it. The networking throughout has been good."
Bill Taylor is dedicated to deer
stuff.co.nz, 29 Dec 2014
When Bill Taylor was a boy, deer were wild animals that could only be admired from afar.
All that changed with live deer capture in the 1970s, although it wasn't until the mid 1980s that Taylor started farming them.
"I had a real passion for deer. I...
Hind feeding crucial to deer farm profits
Rural News, 22 Dec 2014
TO GROW premium weaners, deer farmers must maintain their lactating hinds at a body condition score of at least 3.0 on a 5-point scale.
This is the conclusion that can be drawn from a one-season trial by AgResearch showing that when hind body...
Venison: breaking with tradition
AgriBusiness, New Zealand, General News, 01 Dec 2014
ANIMAL ADVISOR IMPROVED CHILLED SEASON VENISON PRICES IN EUROPE ARE WELCOME, BUT ALL EYES ARE O N THE BIG PRIZE: INCREASED YEAR-ROUND DEMAND FOR ALL VENISON CUTS AT CHILLED PRICES.
Deer industry deeply disappointed by Korea-NZ FTA
Voxy.co.nz, 15 Nov 2014
New Zealand’s deer industry is deeply disappointed in the reported outcome of the New Zealand-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). South Korea consumes around 60 percent of New Zealand’s deer velvet antler production. Frozen deer velvet, which accounts for...
New Zealand deer breeders world leaders
stuff.co.nz, 31 Oct 2014
Genetic gains in New Zealand's farmed deer show no sign of levelling off despite tremendous advancements in antler and animal size in the last 30 years, says renowned stud breeder Clive Jermy.
January 6, 2015, not only marks the 30th anniversary sale...
Deer markets 'restrictive'
Waikato Times, Hamilton Waikato, Farmer, Tim Cronshaw, 04 Nov 2014
Attracting year-round demand for chilled venison is on the wishlist of deer farmers as prices return to more respectable levels. The national average venison schedule for 60 kilogram stags has been sitting at $7.73 a kilogram, up from $7.43/kg the same time last year.
Industry focused on chilled prices all year
NZ Farmer, New Zealand, General News, Trevor Walton, 03 Nov 2014
This is the time of year when deer farmers' efforts are rewarded in overseas markets, Trevor Walton reports on the venison and velvet trades. D EER farmers have enjoyed better prices for their ven ison this October, the time of the year when chilled venison demand peaks in Europe. But the industry's real focus is on getting chilled season prices all yearround.
Deer genetic gains just getting better
NZ Farmer, New Zealand, General News, Heather Chalmers, 03 Nov 2014
Deer breeding legend Clive Jermy is selling up after 30 years. He talks to Heather Chalmers about what gets his 'blood boiling'. ENETIC gains in New ZeaG land's farmed deer show no signs of levelling off despite tremendous advancements in antler and animal size in the last 30 years, says renowned stud breeder Clive Jermy.
Deer farmers aim for year-round sales
Southland Times, 01 Nov 2014
Attracting year-round demand for chilled venison is on the wish-list of deer farmers as prices return to more respectable levels.
The national average venison schedule for 60 kilogram stags has so far this month been sitting at about $7.73 a kilogram,...
Loss of capital deer stock 'big problem'
stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2014
Deer industry leaders are hoping improving prospects for venison, velvet and deer byproducts in northern hemisphere markets will arrest a steady decline in breeding hinds on New Zealand deer farms in recent years.
The board of Deer Industry New Zealand...
Velvet genetics underpin stud
Business Rural, New Zealand, General News, Jo Bailey, 01 Dec 2014
Buyers can look forward to another exciting catalogue at Altrive Red Deer Stud's fourth annual on-farm auction in January, say Geoff and Lynette Elder. The Southland stud expects to present 20 to 25 stags, around 40 yearling hinds and more than 60 velveting stags, including sons of established sires Everest and Zama.
Deer farmers collaborate to boost profits
Canterbury Farming, Canterbury/West Coast, General News, Trevor Walton, 01 Nov 2014
Seven Mackenzie Country farmers, from Fairlie through to Kurow, are joining the charge to boost profit from deer. Together they've formed an Advance Party, supported by Deer Industry New Zealand, deer faster, heavier and more profitably. The innovative concept so far involves 80 farmers in eight groups across the country.