Science, Environment & Policy

Science, Environment & Policy

The behaviour of deer is as fascinating as their distinct biology – their antlers, the leanness of their carcases, their diet preferences and their seasonality.

These differences are why we have a deer industry. They are also why we need our own research, policy development, advocacy, training and quality standards.

Deer are not small cattle nor, for that matter large sheep. Knowledge and management systems developed for those species only go so far with deer.

Research
Environment
Policy
Training

Research

From 2015-2020 DINZ is co-funding research to:

  • Help find new effective drenches and control methods for internal parasites in deer
  • Refine and add new traits to DeerSelect based on data from the Deer Progeny Test project 
  • Identify genomic markers for the main productive traits in deer, so we can step up the pace of genetic improvement
  • Identify and encourage the adoption of good management practices to reduce the impact of deer farming on water quality
  • Review velvetting procedures to ensure they are fully effective at eliminating pain
  • Facilitate the commericialisation of RepairX (a product based on a velvet extract) as a product supporting wound healing
  • Investigate the health-giving functions of velvet, to help get products containing NZ velvet registered as healthy functional foods in Korea and China.

Research projects that are overseen by the Science and Policy Manager - More »

Environment

Public concern about the quality of water in streams, lakes and rivers has led to tighter regional council controls on livestock farming.

DINZ has carried out a stocktake of council water quality plans and in 2015, in response to requests from NZDFA branches, appointed Lindsay Fung as environmental policy manager. He supports deer farmers making submissions on regional council plan changes - More »

Policy

DINZ makes submissions on new legislation that directly relates to deer farming. We also keep in close contact with organisations whose work impacts on deer farming, such as OSPRI and a range of government agencies. 

Policy topics that are of importance to NZ Deer farmers - More »

Training

To address a growing skill shortage, we have worked since 2014 with the Primary ITO to establish training courses for people who work (or hope to work) on deer farms.

For more information, contact DINZ producer manager Tony Pearse. Tel 021 719 038, email tony.pearse@dinz.org