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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.
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.
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
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.
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...
$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...
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.