Deer farmers in Southland, Canterbury, Marlborough and Northland are advised to keep a close watch on their regional council water plans. New and changed plans may have a big impact on farm management and costs of compliance.
Advance Party members are learning quickly from other farmers about management changes that can make their deer operations are more productive and profitable. But they agree that good information on deer performance is needed to drive their decisions.
Measures taken to improve water quality at AgResearch Invermay deer farm, especially run-off from wallows, have resulted in a marked improvement in water clarity and aquatic life in the stream running through the farm.
DINZ venison marketing manager Marianne Wilson recently caught up with progress in the off-season P2P Cervena venison marketing trial in Europe. Now in its second year in the Netherlands and its first year in Belgium, she says it is being well-received by chefs and distributors.