Future Deer Farmers Experience Selections 2018

Future Deer Farmers Experience Selections 2018

A big thank you to everyone who applied for and showed interest in our first ever Future Deer Farmers Experience, applications were received from all over the country.

Deer Industry NZ and the NZ DFA would like to thank the following industry partners for their contribution to the programme and for agreeing to host the group from 10 - 13 September 2018 to help them learn more about our special industry;

  • Raroa Red Deer, Cambridge
  • Landcorp Farming (Goudies Station), Reporoa
  • Canes Deer & Products Ltd, Reporoa
  • Silver Fern Farms Limited (Rotorua Plant)
  • Alpine Deer Products, Tauranga
  • CK Import Export, Te Awamutu

We are proud to announce the following 3 successful applicants, the 3 will experience an awesome week to learn more about deer farming to help them in their careers as future farmers.

The 2018 Future Deer Farmers Experience Tourists are:

Valencia Hamerton

Valencia hails from Huntly in the Waikato and is currently studying at Taratahi Ag Training Centre in Masterton, she is a high achiever and is working towards a Level 4 NZ Certificate in Ag Drystock Breeding and Farming.

Valencia thinks working with deer is ‘pretty cool’ and is looking forward to gaining more knowledge from the experience to add to her long term future in the industry.

Mikayla Simpson

We welcome from the deep south Mikayla Simpson who is from Te Anau, Southland. Mikayla studies at the Otago Polytechnic Cromwell campus and is studying in the High Country Farming Programme there.

Alongside her studies, Mikayla is currently employed at Dunstan Burn Station in St Bathans working with deer in the heart of the Maniototo. She is ultimately looking to one day become a farm manager and is keen to look at velvet in the sector.

Shaun Tahau

Shaun hails from Te Haroto on the Napier Taupo Road, Hawkes Bay. He is in his first year of a two year cadetship at Smedley Station, Central Hawkes Bay.

Shaun is high achieving student both on farm and in the classroom, he eventually one day hopes to own his own property after seeing a bit of the world. He is looking forward to learning more about the industry and what it can offer.