DINZ news in brief 24 May 2018

DINZ news in brief 24 May 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Environmental answers for all deer farmers: NZ deer farmers have a proud track record of seeking ways to minimise the impact of their animals on the environment. The Deer Industry Environmental Management Code of Practice, launched at the conference on 16 May, builds on that tradition.

The Code is packed with practical advice and farmer case studies of ways to remedy and prevent environmental damage – the sort of information needed when preparing a Farm Environment Plan (FEP). All farmers are encouraged by the NZDFA and DINZ to prepare a plan in the next 12-18 months.

The Code is free to deer farmers on request and comes in a ring binder that can also be used to hold a Farm Environment Plan, regional council consent documents, water quality test results and so on. Spiral bound copies are available for those providing services to the deer sector.

The P2P programme will provide support for farmers to use the Code while developing a farm environment plan. Where possible, we will work alongside other organisations that share similar goals.

Please contact DINZ (email: info@deernz.org or telephone: 04 473 4500) to get your hard copy of the Code and to find out what support will be available in your area.  Upcoming events will also be notified in DINZ eNews and Stagline Online.

Andy Macfarlane honoured:  Andy Macfarlane, chair of the DINZ board from 2010-2017, has been honoured with the prestigious Deer Industry Award for 2018.

In a letter supporting his nomination, Mandy Bell, who is a leader of the deer industry productivity improvement programme, said Macfarlane had been pivotal in leading change in the industry.

“He has passionately given time and energy … to set the industry on a very solid footing from pasture to plate. We are seeing unprecedented behaviour change in the farming stakeholders that is creating enduring value but is also setting up a different way to respond and act to challenges and change. This will be a critical positive for the industry in the next five to 10 years as the primary sector faces a number of significant external challenges.

“I believe that we will look back on this period as a significant key event in the history of the industry moving from the entrepreneurship of the founders to a period of visionary consolidation.”

He was nominated for the Award by South Canterbury deer farmer Jeff Pearse, the Deer Industry New Zealand board and the executive committee of the NZ Deer Farmers’ Association.

The NZDFA’s Matuschka Award went to deer transporter Geoff Yule. Look for the story in next week’s Stagline On-line.

The conference is now on-line: If you were unable to attend the conference, or want a refresher on what was presented, the videos of the presentations are now online on the DINZ YouTube channel - view here >>

A deer anthelmintic is on its way:  Researchers are getting closer to having a single-shot anthelmintic for deer that has a reasonable withholding period. One or both of the two options being trialed – a mini-bolus and a triple combination oral – may be available commercially in 12-18 months.

AgResearch scientist Jamie Ward told the 2018 Deer Industry Conference the mini-bolus was looking promising. In the latest trials, dose rates of the two active ingredients were being increased with the aim of getting efficacy against the ostertagia gut worms up to around 98.7% -- the same or better than for the same actives given orally. Trials targeting liver fluke and lungworm are waiting for suitable levels of natural infection.  

Meanwhile, DINZ is working with Nexan, a NZ animal remedy company, trialing a triple-active oral drench. Field trials in Te Anau in 2017, which had a 98%-plus efficacy, are being repeated this year in Manawatu. The results of tissue residue analyses are still to come in. Animal health and safety are also being monitored.

“If the triple-oral is OK for efficacy, residues and animal safety, Nexan and DINZ will take it to registration and distribution. If it is unsatisfactory, development of the mini-bolus will be considered by DEEResearch. If DEEResearch doesn’t proceed, AgResearch may go ahead with registration of the mini-bolus on its own account,” Ward said.

Share the Advance Party benefits in Methven: One of the benefits of belonging to an Advance Party is attending the national workshop for AP membersThe 2018 workshop is being held on 11 & 12 June in Methven. It’s open to all Advance Party members.

“This is the fourth we’ve held and like the earlier national workshops, it is expected to be awesome,” says P2P programme coordinator Rob Aloe. “The focus is totally on deer and how to farm them profitably and sustainably.” He says this year attendees will work together in groups examining in detail the factors that contribute to farm profitability in the context of different farm types. “Expertise and experience will be drawn from group members, as well as from subject matter experts,” he says.

To reserve a place, contact Rob Aloe, DINZ, Tel 04 473 4500, rob.aloe@deernz.org 

Velvet stem cells are precious: Associate professor Dawn Coates, Otago University, advised attendees at the conference to be careful to protect the antler pedicle in the shed. The outside of the pedicles, about 4 cm below the velvet cut, houses the stem cells which generate the rapid annual growth of velvet antler.

Her research team includes Zhen Dong (PhD student), Dr Stephen Haines of AgResearch and former Invermay scientist Dr Chunyi Li who now works in China. They have zeroed in on pleiotrophin, a protein produced by velvet stem cells. They believe it could potentially be used in specialist extracts to stimulate and regulate the stem cells involved in natural healing and bone repair in human and veterinary medicine. 

The work is being funded by VARNZ, a DINZ/AgResearch joint venture and the University of Otago. It was profiled in the Feb/March edition of Deer Industry News.

Marlborough & North Canterbury farms wanted for water study: AgResearch is adding five more farms to its long-term study of water quality in creeks and streams on high and hill country deer farms. The study began last year on five farms: two in South Waikato and one each in South Canterbury, Central Otago and Southland.

The aim of the study is to get a better understanding of how deer farming impacts on water quality.

AgResearch senior scientist Geoff Asher told the conference that farms from Hawkes Bay, Mackenzie Country, West Coast and Southland were being added to the study this year. He’s also looking for suitable farms in North Canterbury and Marlborough.

The study was the subject of a DINZ eNews story in February. If you farm in North Canterbury or Marlborough and would like to take part, contact geoff.asher@agresearch.co.nz, tel 029 489 9048

Wisconsin responds to CWD: Wisconsin USA Governor Scott Walker is imposing strict new rules in an attempt to stem the rapid spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) among farmed and wild deer in the state.

The movement of whole deer carcasses out of CWD-affected counties has been banned, unless the carcasses are headed to a taxidermist or meat processor. The movement of live deer from farms in CWD-affected counties has also been banned. Walker has directed state agriculture officials to draft new rules for deer farm boundary fencing involving either a second eight-foot-high fence, an electric fence, or an impermeable physical barrier.

Deer tour to China and the Altai region of Russia: Changchun, China is the home of Chinese velvet manufacture and the Altai is a region famed for the quality of its velvet herds. If you are interested  in visiting these places, ASPT4 (the 4th Antler Science and Product Technology conference) is being held in Changchun from 15 -17 August, followed by the 7th World Deer Congress in Altai Krai from 20 -25 August.

A NZ-led tour, including a visit to South Korean velvet markets en route, is being organised by Ron McPhail Travel. The indicative price for joining the tour to Korea, China and Russia is $13,500. China and Russia $11,500; and Russia only $7500. Modest conference registration fees and hotels in China and Russia are additional.

More? Contact Tony Pearse on tony.pearse@deernz.org or 021 719 038, looking for expressions of interest by 31st May

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