10th - 12th May | Dunedin Centre, The Octagon | Dunedin
Deer Industry Conference 2016
Deer Industry News Issue 75
• Field day: Raincliff Station
• Environment: farmers face off over nitrogen
• Velvet Competitions: ToS and Rising Stars preview
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.
Feed requirement calculator - DEERFeed
Looking for a tool to help you calculate intake and allocation requirements for your deer?
Deer Industry Environment Awards Announced
Another great group of high calibre entrants took part in the 2015 Deer Industry Environment Awards
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
Details on DEEResearch's direction and investments in 2015/16 - including its Science Strategy for 2015-2020
Document linking the high level DINZ strategies and DEEResearch objectives with the actual research investments made by DEEResearch
Editorial: Farm injuries show it's time for rethink
New Zealand Herald, 05 Feb 2016
On Wednesday afternoon, a contractor had his hand crushed on a farm near Ashburton. He needed surgery after it got caught in a harvesting machine.
Agricultural groups back TPP
Otago Daily Times, 04 Feb 2016
Agricultural groups came out in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement soon after it was signed in Auckland yesterday by trade ministers representing the 12 signatory countries.
Federated Farmers president William Rolleston said th...
Farmer prosecutions not way to go - WorkSafe
Radio New Zealand, 02 Feb 2016
WorkSafe New Zealand has told a parliamentary select committee prosecuting farmers for dangerous practices would not be a productive way of improving safety in the sector.
Chairman Gregor Coster told MPs WorkSafe's active stance in the forestry...
Business leaders support TPP
Otago Daily Times, 02 Feb 2016
Heads of New Zealand's leading business organisations have thrown their support behind the signing in Auckland tomorrow of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
They also threw their support firmly behind Prime Minister John Key, as he...
Worksafe accused of failing farm workers
Radio New Zealand, 02 Feb 2016
Worksafe New Zealand has been accused of selling farm workers' safety short by not prosecuting farmers for dangerous practices.
More people are injured and killed on farms than in any other workplace in New Zealand.
Busting health and safety myths
NZFarmer.co.nz, 01 Feb 2016
Myths about inspectors banning quadbikes, banishing kids from farms and creating mountains of new paperwork are being busted in a campaign to keep farmers safe on farms.
The myth-busting series by WorkSafe New Zealand rules out the top 10 tall tales...
NZ in talks with China on allowing chilled meat exports
Yahoo! Xtra Business, 29 Jan 2016
By Tina Morrison
Jan. 29 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand officials are working with Chinese authorities in an attempt to gain access for chilled meat exports to Asia's largest economy, which would open up an "enormous" potential market for...
Do your share to prevent mishaps on farm
Rural News, 27 Jan 2016
Regardless of whether the accident is work related or not, when a child dies in an accident on farm, it's often an avoidable tragedy.
Statistics have shown that farms over the summer period hold an extra degree of risk for children which has led...
Students pioneer new agri careers programme
farmersweekly.co.nz, 28 Jan 2016
“We tried to give them a taste of the science and business behind onfarm systems and show how the sectors are all interconnected,” co-ordinator Alanah Vinson, a 22-year-old agribusiness graduate, said.
The years 12 and 13 students were based at...
Strong demand for dung beetles
NZFarmer.co.nz, 28 Jan 2016
Packs of dung beetles are flying out the door as the company that has commercialised their introduction to New Zealand enters its second year of sales.
Dung Beetle Innovations principal Dr Shaun Forgie said marketing has been limited to date in order...
Deer velvet industry prospering from diversification
NZFarmer.co.nz, 31 Jan 2016
Deer velvet enthusiasts check out some of the South Island's top velvet at the Elk and Wapiti Society of New Zealand (EWSNZ) Velvet Antler competition in Timaru on Saturday.
The New Zealand deer velvet industry is "very positive", and the future i...
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Excellent rains for the dry areas changes feed prospects but sheep market still gloomy
Interest.co.nz, 26 Jan 2016
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Excellent rains for the dry areas changes feed prospects but sheep market still gloomy Posted in Rural News January 26, 2016 - 02:23pm, Tony Chaston Tweet LAMB Lamb schedules continue to ease in spite of the currency,...
Wanted: Farmers for groundwater study
Radio New Zealand, 25 Jan 2016
Farmers east of SH1 and between the Ashburton and Rakaia Rivers are being invited to join a three-year research project on groundwater quality.
Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson
The project - initiated by local farmers and funded by Ministry for...
Californian thistle costing NZ farms millions
Farming, 27 Jan 2016
Californian thistle is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars.
New research shows Kiwi farms are losing 700-million dollars in pastoral farm revenue each year.
Farmer finds Chilean needle grass at West Melton
Environment Canterbury Regional Council, 27 Jan 2016
The discovery of a small area of Chilean needle grass by a West Melton farmer in December highlights the importance of being able to identify this plant pest.
Laurence Smith, Environment Canterbury Principal Resource Management Advisor, said this wa...
NZ govt flags 10-year, $100M research project to boost agriculture while improving environment
Yahoo! Xtra Business, 26 Jan 2016
By Edwin Mitson
Jan. 26 (BusinessDesk) - Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has allocated just under $100 million to a new science challenge looking at how to boost agricultural production while improving land and water quality.
Drought-resistant pasture being investigated
Radio New Zealand, 26 Jan 2016
Scientists have identified a type of plant that recovers quicker than others after drought and are taking the next steps to get it on to farmers' paddocks.
Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson
But they say it could be eight to 10 years before it is...
Deer farmers may get leeway with water plan
NZFarmer.co.nz, 25 Jan 2016
Changes to Environment Southland's working draft Water and Land plan may mean relaxed rules for deer farmers. Environment Southland is reviewing the feedback from community meetings and the consultation document for its working draft for Water and Land...
Southern Elite Elk/Wapiti Sire sale fails to sell top sire
Southland Times, 19 Jan 2016
Littlebourne Farm director Geoffrey Pullar checks the sale details of the top wapiti sire, Orange 66, at the 27th Southern Elite Elk/Wapiti Sire Sale, near Winton.
Despite southern deer farmers looking to expand stock they weren't prepared to pay...
Tough lesson over price fixing
Rural News, 19 Jan 2016
Rural services company PGW Wrightson says its run-in with the competition watchdog over price fixing was a tough lesson.
PGW last month agreed to pay the Commerce Commission a pecuniary penalty of $2.7 million and to review the NAIT related fees it...