Next Generation Programme 2020

Next Generation Programme 2020

REGISTRATION OPEN!

The NZDFA Next Generation Programme is a programme to foster the growth of those Next Generation deer farmers in the industry that are keen to learn more about deer farming, connect with other like-minded deer farmers and get on a farm to see what is possible with the input of knowledge, technology and a little know-how! It has become a highlight in the annual deer industry calendar and now in it's 8th year, we're taking it to Hawkes Bay on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of August.

As usual, there is no cost to attend the programme but you'll have to cover the costs of your accommodation and travel. 
Places are limited so register as soon as you can. There will be a wait list if spaces exceed the limit, we'll let you know if you are on the wait list once you register.

Remember to have a talk to your local branch to see if they're able to support you to attend and get behind this great initiative.

REGISTER HERE >>

August 5th (for those travelling from the South Island)

Transport in minivans will be provided from Wellington airport on 5th August at approx 11:30am for those who need it.
If you are travelling from the South Island, it is recommended you fly into Wellington on the 5th landing before 11:30am where we will have minivans arranged to drive up to Waipukurau which is an hour south of Napier (flight times don't work on the 6th for the start time of 10am). You will also need accommodation on the 5th in Waipukurau. If you are flying into Napier on the 5th, you will need to arrange your own transport to the farm tours the next day.

The programme is expected to wrap up by 2:00pm in Napier on the 7th. It is recommended for those flying back home, to fly out from Napier airport as the minivans likely won't get back into Wellington until about 7:00pm. The minivans will be used to drive attendees who don't have their own transport between farms, venues and pick up/drop off to catch flights.

If timing is right, we can pick people up along the route between Wellington and Waipukurau.

Waipukurau Accommodation (for those travelling up on Wednesday 5th) - Include breakfast in your booking 
Accommodation must be booked/paid for direct through the hotel. 
Thornton Lodge Motel from $168 (this rate includes breakfast) - rooms held till July 17th 
Fergusson's Motor Lodge from $165 (this rate includes breakfast)

Thursday 6th August - Day 1

Day 1 will include visiting two spectacular properties in the centre of the ravages of the current Hawkes Bay drought, but have a legacy of huge commitment to the deer industry and high quality velvet production as a mainstream activity. Both properties have significant deer velvet operations as well as breeding and finishing deer plus significant sheep and cattle operations

The influential agricultural training station Smedley Station smedley.ac.nz, and Cadet Training Farm (hosted by Manager Rob Evans)
TemcoAg which is a large diverse property in the same area, a past winner of the Deer Industry’s premier biennial environmental awards programme and also runs a large cropping operation (hosted by George Williams and Laura Billingsand family)

Themes for the day will include an overview and planning for farming in unprecedented drought conditions with shared experiences from other key deer farmers in the Hawkes Bay region related to deer farming under challenging and crisis conditions and reviewing the lessons to be learnt.

Schedule:

9:00am minivans will leave Waipukurau and head to Smedley Station
10:00am start at Smedley Station 
Morning tea will be provided
Smedley Station farm tour and workshop (on Smedley Road in Tikokino which is just out of Waipukurau. If you're travelling from Napier city, it is 1 hour south)
Lunch at the Smedley Station Wollshed
Temco AG Farm tour and workshop
4:00pm wrap up
4:30pm travel to Napier city
7:00pm Evening function featuring the hilarious Jonathan Usher who is a great enterainer and illusionist/magician.

Napier Accommodation - As day 2 starts at 8am, it would be best eat beforehand. There are lots of cafes nearby.
Accommodation must be booked/paid for direct through the hotel. 
Recommended hotels close to the day 2 venue:

  • Expressotel - Use promo code DEER when booking online to receive a 5% discount (this hotel doesn't do on-site breakfast but there are cafe's that open from 7am around the corner)
  • Quest Apartments - When booking, please call and mention Deer Industry Next Generation Programme and studio rooms will be discounted to $139 until July 17th (this hotel offers breakfast vouchers which you can use at nearby cafe DMP)
  • Another close option is the Quality Inn (this hotel doesn't do on-site breakfast but there are cafe's that open from 7am, about a 3 minute walk away)

Friday 7th August - Day 2

As day 2 starts at 8am, it would be best eat beforehand. There are lots of cafes nearby.

Day 2 will feature contact with the support groups that have been behind the drought relief process, especially the Rural Support Trust and their huge role in keeping our farming people under stress in safety and care and coordinating much of the relief programmes put in place. We will extend the emphasis on planning for succession via banking advice and also have some interaction from the DINZ executive team and DFA leadership.

The programme is expected to wrap up by 2:00pm in Napier on the 7th. It is recommended for those flying back home, to fly out from Napier airport as the minivans likely won't get back into Wellington until about 7:00pm. The minivans will be used to drive attendees who don't have their own transport between farms, venues and pick up/drop off to catch flights.

Schedule:

8:00am start
Hear from the Rural Support Trust, Rabobank, Firstlight Foods, local vet Richard Hilson and DINZ CEO Innes Moffat.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided
2:00pm wrap up
2:30pm minivans to leave the conference centre to drop off attendees at Napier airport/drive back to Wellington airport
7:00 expected arrival time at Wellington airport.

Please contact Rebecca Norling at DINZ rebecca.norling@deernz.org for any enquiries.