Why join the NZDFA?

Why join the NZDFA?

Who is eligble to join? - For NZ residents. Farmers, business contacts and associated parties interested in NZ deer farming.       

NZDFA Landcare Manual completion- praised as Industry leading initiative. It showcased the focus that the Deer Industry and NZ deer farmers have for maintaining their farms and ensuring future generations receive enhanced not depleted property


  • NAIT exclusions and allowances- Deer are able to use different colours for the male component of the NAIT tag. This can assist with management on farm for identifying deer age groups etc. Cattle are required to use all white tags (male/female).
  • Fallow deer have also been excluded from the scheme as retention rates are below required standards.
  • Trophy farms are able to lodge an application with NAIT verifying that they are in-fact a Game Park and therefore can remove tags upon advising NAIT for transport to the Game property
  • A too hard to tag exemption has been passed allowing dangerous animals to be trucked to processors without tags, a fee is still payable for this to NAIT
  • Practical concessions for deer farmers with NAIT and new and less costly requirements for deer farmers in joining the scheme and in timing of tagging new born and capital stock


  • NZDFA Environmental Awards-Enhancing the image of the Deer Industry and our farmers. This event showcases the high performing farmers whom have enhanced their properties or managed environmental issue' areas on farm to high levels. Farming does have an impact on the land and it is about managing and minimising this impact so that future generations can reep the rewards that generations before us have had.
  • An annual Branch Chairmans conference is held in Wellington in October and Is a fact filled two days with presentations from key industry participants.
  • Support promotion and regional identity of the Making the DIFFerence Deer Industry Focus Farm Projects
  • Supporting partners of the industry Passion 2 Profit (P2P) programme and the establishment of Advance Parties in the regions.


  • Animal Health Board new closed herd annual testing programme relief to 3 yearly for qualifying herds


  • Co-funder for significant Sustainable Farming Fund in particular the Johnes Research Group, Focus farm project communication, and the updated Landcare Environmental manual and deer parasite work


  • Special NZDFA members rate with Leader Products for  ~10% off NAIT leader tags and across the Leader range of products
  • Involvement in the development of the Game Animal Council
  • DINZ and DFA combined meeting with the Branch Chairmen including DFA interests in the productivity Improvement Programme and investment in the next generation of deer farmers
  • The encouragement of new industry leadership development in association with DINZ and the Ian Spiers Memorial Trust nz,including the New Faces programme at conference.