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Deer Industry News Issue 79
• Focused Farming event on summer and winter feeding
• Advance Party Workshop - Methven gathering enthused by success stories from AP groups
• DEERSelect Decade - Looking back on ten years of recording genetic improvement
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
Venison marketers taste success
farmersweekly.co.nz, 27 Sep 2016
Strong demand for New Zealand venison has pushed spring prices to a five-year high.
While some importers were nervous about how the market would react to the price rise, others were confident, buoyed by the knowledge NZ venison production was down abou...
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Beef market goes off the boil but deer farmers worry the venison market will get overheated
Interest.co.nz, 26 Sep 2016
Posted in Rural News September 27, 2016 - 11:49am, Tony Chaston
Lamb schedules rose this week, as the Christmas chilled meat programs start in a still uncertain market, but helped by supply shortages and low stocks.
Good weather during most of...
New FE research swings into action
farmersweekly.co.nz, 21 Sep 2016
This year’s devastating facial eczema challenge will hit many farmers hard at the production and processing ends of their business. The worst affected and those taken by surprise this year will be planning how to avoid such losses in coming seasons.
Venison trial tantalises European tastebuds over summer
stuff.co.nz, 14 Sep 2016
A campaign designed to encourage Europeans to eat venison in the summer shows there is potential to sell more high-quality product at a premium price out of the game season.
Alliance Group has just completed a trial with Belgium...
Venison in vogue
farmersweekly.co.nz, 10 Sep 2016
Venison is in vogue in the United States. Mark Mitchell, owner of Broadleaf – an American specialty meat company importer and distributor – said at the annual Deer Industry conference in Dunedin recently that Cervena was now “ripe for the...
Living the deer-farming dream
farmersweekly.co.nz, 11 Sep 2016
Deer in a range of forms and exotic animals for show are a passion for Taupo’s Murray and Barbara Matuschka. Anne Hughes reports.
Measuring to manage
farmersweekly.co.nz, 10 Sep 2016
Matching silage and balage samples to their metabolisable energy and protein levels was a mission impossible for farmers at a recent Southland deer farmer technology day.
Instigator of the exercise, animal nutritionist Dr Simone Hoskin said it was a...
Breaching the (great) wall
farmersweekly.co.nz, 10 Sep 2016
Mountain River Venison is making headway into China after 12 years of groundwork. “It’s taken a long time but things are now happening,” Mountain River director John Sadler said at the recent Deer Industry conference in Dunedin.
farmersweekly.co.nz, 07 Sep 2016
A proud and imposing stag, crafted by Murray Matuschka, stands guard over the memorial plaque commemorating those who died during the era of deer and venison recovery.
The plaque, unveiled in September last year, is at Wanaka Airport outside the Alpine...
Technology, monitoring paying off for deer farmers
New Zealand Herald, 05 Sep 2016
Deer farming may conjure up images of helicopter capture, but those days are long gone.
Today's deer farmers are focused on making their deer herds more productive and profitable using the latest farm technology.
Pania Flint, co-ordinator of...
From hides to high fashion
farmersweekly.co.nz, 24 Aug 2016
Venison or velvet are the mainstay markets most deer farmers target but there’s a valuable by-product from both sectors that’s often overlooked: leather. Andrew Swallow peels back the layers to the story.
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: More farms start lambing but pessimism grows about pricing prospects for the new season
Interest.co.nz, 23 Aug 2016
The lamb schedules lifted again this week, as the markets continued to firm but volatility in the NZD has been negative to farm gate returns.
With the tight supply most product has been sent to chilled markets helping maintain prices, bu...
Export venison prices remain stable
farmersweekly.co.nz, 01 Sep 2016
Venison prices remain stable amid strong export demand as low supply challenges exporters managing chilled product into both Europe and the United States.
New Zealand production for July was down 37% compared to July 2015 and reports indicate the...
Taking a close look at performance of deer industry
New Zealand Herald, 31 Aug 2016
Hawke's Bay farmers involved in the deer industry's Advance Party programme are changing their management systems to make their farms more productive and profitable.
Winter feeding has been a recent focus, but all aspects of deer management ar...
New plan targets TB eradication
New Zealand Herald, 28 Aug 2016
Farmers can look forward to a future in which TB testing for livestock is based on risk as the drive towards eradicating bovine tuberculosis enters a new phase.
The way New Zealand goes about managing bovine tuberculosis has a new goal:...
Videos highlight sustainable deer farming
Voxy.co.nz, 24 Aug 2016
NZ Landcare Trust has been working with deer farmers to capture examples of excellent sustainable land and water management from around the country. This information has been distilled into fifteen short videos that are now available to view online.The...
Deer weight targets a focus for farmers
stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2016
Farmers in the deer industry's Advance Party programme are changing their farm management systems to make their deer operations more productive and profitable.
Winter feeding has been a recent focus, but all aspects of deer management are...
Deer farming course set to launch next year
Otago Daily Times, 18 Aug 2016
A new deer farming course is on the drawing board, with the first intake likely to start in April next year.
The proposed course, which is the brainchild of Primary ITO and Motivate - a Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) and New Zealand Deer Farmers...
Broken back can’t stop Macfarlane
farmersweekly.co.nz, 18 Aug 2016
One of New Zealand’s leading agribusiness leaders is counting his blessings after breaking his back while swimming in Hawaii.
Andy Macfarlane, who runs his Macfarlane Rural Business in Ashburton and is chairman of Deer Industry NZ, a director...