2018 Deer Industry Conference

2018 Deer Industry Conference

The 2018 Deer Industry Conference "Staying ahead of the game" was held in Timaru on the 15th and 16th of May 2018. A field day was held on the 17th, hosted by the South Canterbury North Otago Branch of the NZDFA.

You can view videos from both Tuesday and Wednesday conference sessions below, along with a few interviews from Rural Exchange.

Wednesday 16th May 2018 - main conference day

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State of the Industry - Dan Coup (DINZ CEO) and Dr Ian Walker (DINZ Board Chair)


Rabobank address. Blake Holgate. Animal proteins specialist “Another Good Year…Spend It Wisely”


Feature Keynote Speaker - Craig Rispin “Going Global”


Feature keynote speaker Lain Jager (former CEO Zespri), ”The Zespri story including a perspective on NZ Agribusiness. Can venison be the next kiwifruit?"

Venison Markets and Marketing session.


Nick Taylor, Deer Industry New Zealand


Toni Frost, Firstlight Foods


Nicola Johnson, Silver Fern Farms


Chris Bristol, Alliance Group Ltd


John Sadler, Mountain River Venison


Glenn Tyrrell, Duncan New Zealand

Velvet Antler Session


Marketing and the markets - Rhys Griffiths, DINZ Market Manager Asia


Regulatory Control Scheme 2017 update - John Tacon

Environment Session


Mike Petersen, Special Agricultural Trade Envoy: “NZ needs a new story” - A perspective on trade the CCPTP and environmental stewardship


Minister Address - The Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture


The environment, society, farming and evolving expectations - Guy Salmon CEO Ecologic Foundation

Meanwhile back on the Farm: The Next Generation - Environmental stewardship, legacy and environmental succession 


Hamish Orbell


Hamish and Julia Mckenzie


Ryan O’Sullivan (Nuffield scholar 2017) - Global food production and the expectations of farming environment stewardship 


The Deer industry Environmental Management Code of Practice Launch - Dr Ian Walker, DINZ Board Chair, and David Morgan, NZ Deer Farmers Association Chair

Tuesday 15th May 2018 - technical sessions


Stem cell mediated healing - Dr Dawn Coates, University of Otago


Long term monitoring of deer impacts on waterways - Dr Geoff Asher, AgResearch


Current parasite research Jamie Ward, AgResearch


The Animal Health Review” South Canterbury Vet Life’s Hayden Barker plus deer farmer Tim Turner (The Kowhais) report on their experiences with the Deer Health Review


Deer Farm Systems: Farming with different inputs - Jamie Gordon


Utilizing genetic gain: Using EBV's - Sharon McIntyre (DINZ Deer Select Manager) and farmer Michael Salvesen


Changes in Farmer Attitudes, the 2017 national farmer survey - Innes Moffat, DINZ P2P Manager


Changes to National Tb testing programme.   NAIT Review update.  Kevin Crews, Head of programme (National Disease Manager)


Next Generation “Future leadership; Issues and expectations" - A Panel of SCNO Next Generation in a dialogue with the Industry Leaders. Facilitator Kris Orange, DINZ Board and former DFA Chair


International Deer Calendar overview - 4th International Antler Science and Product Technology Conference Changchun, China (Catharine Sayer) plus World Deer farming Congress VII Altai, Russia August 2018, Natalia Sorokina CEO Russian Deer Famers Association and Tony Pearse

Rural Exchange Interviews

A few of our conference speakers were interviewed by Rural Exchange. Check out the links below for the full video or audio interviews: