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Deer industry sign with Korean health-food giant
The NZ deer industry has signed an agreement with one of Korea’s largest health food manufacturers, the Korea Ginseng Corporation (KGC)
Deer Industry News Issue 70
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2015 Rising Stars Vevet & HA Results
Deer Industry P2P Wins PGP Funding
DINZ & the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have announced they will partner in a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme called Passion2Profit.
New Velvet Status Declaration Form
New Velvet Status Declaration (VSD) docket books will be mailed out to every registered velvetter in October.
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
Better deer health can lift profits
NZ Farmer, New Zealand, General News, 16 Mar 2015
Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans. DEER farmers arc being encouraged to have a close look at their animal health as part of the Passion2Profit initiative.
Velvet returns help offset poor venison prices
Otago Daily Times, Dunedin, Farming, 16 Mar 2015
AUCKLAND: The New Zealand dollar's record-breaking run against the long-suffering euro has hit the local venison market hard because of its high exposure to Europe, but strong deer velvet prices have provided a partial offset for farmers. European demand for venison has been slack as northern consumers tighten their belts, but Dan Coup, chief executive of the Deer Industry Association, said most the financial damage to farmers had been inflicted by the high kiwi-euro cross rate.
Deer herd health key to better profits
Lakes District & Central Otago News, Otago, General News, Nicole Sharp, 19 Feb 2015
Passion2Profit, an initiative of Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) and the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), continues to make its mark in the deer farming industry with hopes of increasing deer health. The Primary Growth Partnership programme Passion2Profit was announced last month by DINZ chief executive Dan Coup.
Early weaning a drought response
FWplus, 05 Mar 2015
In South Canterbury some fawns had been weaned up to 15 days earlier than normal, transporter and Downland Deer farmer Kris Orange said.
“Some farmers even weaned mid-February.”
Weaning pre-rut was a sensible move in the drought to help protect...
Top of their game
Southland Times, 05 Mar 2015
FAMILY BUSINESS: Southland deer focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift production from their weaner deer.
Dipton deer farmer Brian Russell is at the top of his game.
MPI puts $7m into deer
Central South Island Farmer, Canterbury, General News, Jack Montgomerie, 04 Feb 2015
outh Canterbury deer S farmers are cautiously optimistic after the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) agreed to give the industry $7.4 million. MPI announced on Thursday its director-general, Martyn Dunne, had approved the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) grant for industry organisation Deer Industry New Zealand's (DINZ) Passion2Profit programme, which DINZ designed to improve the industry's profitability. DINZ and MPI have not yet agreed a contract to govern the programme, but DINZ will pay $8.6m toward the $16m, sevenyear programme.
Better deer health means greater farm profit (Fuseworks)
Yahoo! New Zealand, 09 Feb 2015
Deer farmers are being encouraged to have a close look at their animal health as part of the Passion2Profit initiative.
P2P aims to improve deer farm profits by developing new high-value markets for venison and removing barriers to performance on the...
New focus on venison
Central Districts Farmer, Central North Island, General News, Gerard Hutching, 06 Feb 2015
A new $16 million research programme aims to stop the slide in deer farming by making venison available to European markets at an earlier time, and to open up fresh export opportunities. Europeans prefer to eat venison from October through to December, but most New Zealand venison is not ready for export until December-January.
Sharing a passion for smart farming
Southland Times, Southland, General News, Diane Bishop, 03 Feb 2015
All eyes will soon be on Brian and Kristine Russell's deer farming operation. The large-scale deer farmers are the new Southland deer focus farmers.
$41m funding for meaty projects
New Zealand Herald, Auckland, The Business, 30 Jan 2015
Two projects to develop premium markets for New Zealand venison and lamb have won $41 million in government and industry co-funding under the Primary Growth Partnership. Passion2Profit has been given $16 million to help develop new markets for chilled venison and help deer farmers become more productive and profitable.
PGPs aim to boost venison, lamb markets
Radio New Zealand, 29 Jan 2015
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The Government has approved two new primary growth research partnerships, with the deer and red meat industries.
It will fund almost half of a $16 million...
Two new PGP programmes approved (Fuseworks)
Yahoo! New Zealand, 29 Jan 2015
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed approval for two exciting new programmes to join the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Primary Growth Partnership (PGP).
The first, ‘Passion2Profit’, aims to develop new markets for chilled venison...
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...