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Deer Industry NZ has an active communications programme that aims to inform everyone involved or interested in deer farming about industry activities and other deer-related matters. Our communications include Deer Industry News, an A4 magazine published 6 times a year; DINZ eNews, an e-letter published 10-12 times a year; and Stagline On-line, a monthly e-letter published for the NZ Deer Farmers Association.  

For more about these publications or to subscribe, click here >> All articles, media releases and publications produced by DINZ are searchable below. Stagline On-line is only available to NZDFA members >>

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Venison demand improves, but shipping remains dire

17 September 2021

The gradual opening up of Europe on the back of growing vaccination rates is good news for venison producers. There’s healthy demand for chilled venison from restaurants opening for the game season – the challenge for exporters is getting it there.

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NZ venison on the menu in top restaurants in China

17 September 2021

Marketers of New Zealand farm-raised venison are moving beyond the test kitchen and into leading restaurants in China. The aim is to find a profitable place for venison in the massive Chinese food market.

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DINZ news in brief - 17 September 2021

17 September 2021

VelTrak goes live | VelTrak quick-start guides on their way | New velvet grading chart | Getting to know your number and more.

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Cervidae Oral article: Correction

30 August 2021

The article “First triple active oral drench for deer” pertaining to the launch of Cervidae Oral, published in the Deer Industry News issue 109, August/September 2021, pp20-21 contained an error regarding the efficacy of Cervidae Oral against lungworm.

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Buyers get hands-on with VelTrak scanners

20 August 2021

Velvet buyers, agents and packhouses from across the country are now familiar with the hand-held scanners they will be using to scan VelTrak tagged deer velvet this season. Almost everyone who will be using a scanner in the 2021/22 season attended one of five buyer meetings held in July.

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Spontaneous outbreak of enthusiasm in the shadow of Covid

20 August 2021

It may have been a bitterly cold day in much of the country, but a good number of Kiwis dusted off their barbecues and cooked a venison-based meal on Saturday 7 August, the world’s first Venison BBQ day.

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DINZ news in brief - 20 August 2021

20 August 2021

Covid-19 Level 4 – it’s not business as usual | Need to go to town to pick up some drench? | Great vibes from up the coast | Reduce the risk of Covid transmission | Overseer still useful despite bad rap | Tony Pearse retiring and more...

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DIN magazine 109 Deer Industry News

Deer Industry News Issue 109 August/September 2021

11 August 2021

Next Generation head to Queenstown, US Retail Venison, Velvet Workshop, Tech Expo Report and more...

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Recent updates

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16 July 2021

Welcome expected for new deer drench

The first triple-active oral drench for deer, Cervidae Oral, will be available from rural supplies stores and vets from 1 September. The three actives in the drench are mixed in ratios tailored specifically to deer. The new drench has a 28-day withholding period.

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16 July 2021

Farmed venison scores at major international competition

Grass-fed venison ribs and venison cubes marketed by Silver Fern Farms have been selected as two of the Top 50 products entered in the 17th SIAL China Innovation Competition – one of the world’s biggest food and beverage events.

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16 July 2021

Changing of the Deer QA guard

DINZ has appointed a leading specialist in farm animal welfare, Dr Rob Gregory, as general manager, quality assurance. He replaces John ‘JT’ Tacon who is retiring after working for deer industry organisations for more than 30 years.

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16 July 2021

DINZ news in brief - 16 July 2021

DINZ to submit on proposals for freshwater farm plans | Mandy Bell new DINZ director | NZ Venison BBQ day 7 August | Pamu deer milk nutritional study | Know your number? | VelTrak: don't keep putting it off! | Nitrous oxide is a hell of a gas | Restaurant closures hit UK deer farms too | Taupo deer farmer takes out Rabobank award and more...

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16 July 2021

Venison farmers taking a long-term view

Prices for venison animals during the traditional spring game season are expected to be only a little more than last year. However the contracts on offer from marketers this year are likely to be for larger volumes than in 2020, which means average prices across all venison animals may be higher.

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DIN magazine 108 Deer Industry News

18 June 2021

Deer Industry News Issue 108 June/July 2021

Conference coverage: Find out what was covered at the 2021 Deer Industry conference. Virtual Tours: Keeping key Korean customers in touch with Kiwi farmers and science. Canterbury floods: Deer farmers region face huge stock recovery challenges and more...

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Ian Walker News release

31 May 2021

Venison marketers unleash creative energy

“It is hellishingly frustrating to be a producer of one of the world’s most healthy and delicious proteins and to lose nearly all your top-end customers overnight. It’s never happened before. Not for New Zealand food producers anyway.”

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31 May 2021

DINZ news in brief - 31 May 2021

Award winner breaks the mould | Great conference in the south | STOP PRESS: South Canterbury deer farmers hit by storm | Registered for VelTrak yet? | Know your GHG number; it matters | Need help with your winter grazing plan or GHG numbers? | Damien O’Connor on hot topics and more...

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31 May 2021

Global food brands seeking farmers with a plan

Global food brands, consumers and investors are looking for the proof that food producers are acting in an ethical and environmentally sustainable manner. New Zealand farmers agree that one of the best way to do this is for each farmer to have a robust farm environmental plan.

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26 May 2021

Hawkes Bay farmers win premier deer environmental award

The winners of the 2021 Elworthy Award, the premier environmental accolade for deer farmers, are Grant and Sally Charteris, Forest Road Farm, Central Hawkes Bay. The award was presented at the Deer Industry Conference in Invercargill earlier this month.

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veltrak deerhub homepage Media release

1 April 2021

VelTrak™ coming down the line

Good progress is being made with the roll-out of VelTrak™, the new electronic track and trace system that is being introduced in readiness for the 2021/22 velvet season. Registration for vets and buyers opens on 6 April and for farmers on 3 May.

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29 March 2021

DINZ news in brief - March 2021

Central Hawke's Bay deer farmers Evan and Linda Potter win the National Ballance Farm Environment Award (BFEA) | DINZ submitting on Climate Change Report on behalf of deer sector | Velvet boots on the ground in China

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22 July 2020

It’s official: progeny of high-CARLA sires can grow better

Deer farmers have a new tool available in their fight against one of their industry’s most productivity-sapping animal health challenges: internal parasites.

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