Oct 11, 2022
This event involved a field day at Invermay and a Gala Dinner at Otago University. Both events were well attended by approximately 140 people from across the industry. The field day was a split between a farm tour, with displays and short talks, and a series of talks and videos by key former AgResearch scientists and collaborators. Introductions were by Dr Ken Drew and Jamie Ward, with the ‘view from the top’ well provided by Dr Sue Bidrose and Mandy Bell.
There was a very special venison lunch menu created by DINZ Executive Chef Graham Brown, who also created the dinner menu with the Otago University Union team. Johnathon Wallis and Mike Pattison both spoke at the dinner, talking about both the old days and a bright future for deer farming and the need for science.
There were some fantastic reminiscences, lots of friends, collaborators, and colleagues catching up who had not seen each other for decades. Everybody seemed to have a really good time and we have received a lot of really positive feedback about the event and the food!
Thanks to Duncan NZ and Silver Fern Farms for sponsoring the lunch and dinner venison respectively, the product was done a huge credit. Thanks to for the Support the NZDFA gave to the idea and encouragement to go ahead and do it, and to AgResearch and DINZ for financial support.
Personally, it was a fantastic reminder of how important NZDFA has been in the relationship with AgResearch and Invermay, from Dr Ken Drew being involved in the original establishment, through Tony Pearse’s involvement on all sides of the fences to huge input of NZDFA member to the science and various projects over the years.
It was a really good opportunity to get some extra positive coverage of the deer industry and science. There has been some good media especially in the ODT/Southern Rural Life so check some of that out for a lot more detail.
Cheers this guy (about half of that 50 Years ago)