Big Deer Tour 2021 Selections & Review

Big Deer Tour 2021 Selections & Review

This select group will experience a full on week of activities as well as tasks and challenges with our tour partners from the 12th April 2021. We would like to thank the following industry partners for their contribution during the week and for agreeing to host the group;

  • Mountain River Venison, Rakaia
  • Provelco, Christchurch
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury (Hospitality and Service Industries Section)
  • Peel Forest Estate
  • Allan Agricultural Consultancy Ltd & Northbank Station, Rakaia
  • The Kowhai's Limited, Fairlie
  • Ben Dhu Station, Omarama
  • Mandy Bell, AgResourced Ltd, Wanaka
  • Alpine Deer Group, Luggate
  • AgResearch Invermay
  • Silver Fern Farms, Dunedin

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the Big Deer Tour for 2021 – Cameron Butterworth, Mikaela Carr, Zach Dewhurst, Izzy Hurst, Archie Woodhouse, Abbey Dowd, Amy Ashworth and Daniel Vaughan.

Cameron Butterworth, Lincoln University

Cameron is originally from Rotorua and currently studying at Lincoln University studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. He is in his third year and has an interest in breeding and genetics and is interested in pursuing a career in this space once he finishes his studies.

A keen hunter, Cameron also has an interest in outdoor sports.






Mikaela Carr, Massey University

The Big Deer Tour welcomes the first of two vet students on this years tour, Mikaela Carr.

Mikaela is a 5th and final year student and hopes to be able to serve the deer industry as a deer veterinarian in the future. She is passionate about deer medicine and management, and she sees this as an opportunity to learn more about the industry to give her the knowledge and tools she needs in the future.







Zach Dewhurst, Massey University

Introducing Zach Dewhurst, a third year Massey University student studying towards a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Agriculture Science.

Zach has an interest in soil and plant science with a focus on the environment. He is interested in using this to support the health and wellbeing of animals.  Zach is from the Wairarapa.






Izzy Hurst, Lincoln University

Izzy hails from North Otago and is currently in her fourth year at Lincoln University studying a Master of Business in Global Management and Marketing.

She has a passion in both supply chain management and marketing and is keen to understand how the deer industry utilises supply chain transparency to remain competitive on the global stage.

Outside of her studies she is a keen netballer and an active member of a volunteering club.




Archie Woodhouse, Lincoln University

Another from the Wairarapa, Archie Woodhouse is a student at Lincoln University in his second year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree.

Archie is looking forward to networking on the tour and the opportunity to connect with farmers and industry professionals in the sector.

Outside of his studies, he is involved in Ag wide events and this year is the vice-chair of the Lincoln Young Farmers Club.






Abbey Dowd, Lincoln University

We welcome Abbey Dowd from Putaruru, South Waikato onto the tour. Abbey is in her third year studying towards a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at Lincoln University.

From a dairy farming background, her fascination for farmed deer came from an opportunity to work at Rangitaiki Station on a summer placement.

From this placement she learnt about all that is involved with a deer operations and on a large scale, she is keen to find out more.






Amy Ashworth, Massey University

Amy is her third and final year at Massey University, she is studying towards a Bachelor in Agriculture Commerce with a major in Farm Management.

She was brought up on Sheep, Beef and Deer stations around the country and this is where her passion for agriculture started. She sees herself working with livestock once she completes her studies and from this tour is keen to see how deer is incorporated into other farming systems.







Daniel Vaughan, Massey University

Daniel is originally from Warkworth in the Far North and is studying towards a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey University in Palmerston North, he is in his final year.

He is looking to be a large animal Veterinarian when he graduates and one that will work closely with deer farmers.

Daniel sees this tour as a chance to gain knowledge to assist deer farmers in increasing their production in terms of efficiency, growth rates and overall herd health. Welcome Daniel!






The 2021 Big Deer Tour took place from Sunday 11th to Friday 16th April 2021. Click on the image below for a report of the week from participant Izzy Hurst;

This tour has been produced as part of the Passion2Profit programme, a Primary Growth Partnership co-funded by Deer Industry New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries