There are now 26 Advance Parties (APs) operating from north of Auckland to Southland. DINZ Passion2Profit manager Innes Moffatt says some of those set-up three or four years ago are changing direction and in most APs there is a greater focus on the environment.
Venison marketers say they are getting good uptake from farmers for the supply contracts now on offer for the traditional chilled season, from August to November. Beyond that, they are looking for a spread of supply.
Deer farmers wanting fewer late fawning hinds can now buy sires and hinds with breeding values (BVs) for earlier fawning. Not every deer farmer is looking for hinds that cycle early, but nobody wants late fawns, says Deer Select manager Sharon McIntyre.