Issue 171 | October 2021

Oct 8, 2021

In this issue...

  • Executive Committee Report
    Executive Committee member Mark McCoard on the retirement of Tony Pease, the new Producer Manager and the wide range of issues facing farmers.
  • DINZ producer manager appointment announced
    Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Lindsay Fung to the role of producer manager. He will replace the long-serving Tony Pearse, who retires from the role in October.
  • What’s all this about an RCS audit, then?
    Everything you need to know about the RCS programme and its associated audits.
  • Venison demand improves, but shipping remains dire
    There’s healthy demand for chilled venison from restaurants opening in Europe for the game season – the challenge for exporters is getting it there.
  • Planning for Covid-19
    While no one wants to see Covid-19 on our farms, it is important to have a plan in place to ensure that the farm can still run if you are required to quarantine.
  • A Downpouring of Freshwater Regulation Submissions
    Outlook: Cloudy patches across the country but fining up in some places 
  • Critical window for animal health
    You have a window in the next couple of months for easy, low-cost control of Johne’s disease. Here’s DeerPRO's advice on how not to fly headlong into the lintel next to it.
  • Noticeboard
    Lower South Island NAIT workshops | How widespread is 'Angular Limb Deformity syndrome'? | Ballance Farm Environment Awards | Rural Conversations: Changes to land and water management | Pest awareness notice: Broomsedge - Environment Canterbury | Vet Students looking for placements | Deer Specialist - North Island

Joke of the Month 

An American businessman took a vacation to a small coastal fishing village in Mexico on doctor's orders. Unable to sleep after a urgent phone call from the office the first morning, he walked out to the pier to clear his head. A small boat with just one fisherman had docked and inside the boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. 

"How long did it take you to catch them?" the American asked.

"Only a little while." the Mexican replied.

"Why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" the American then asked.

"I have enough to support my family and give a few to friends," the Mexican said as he unloaded the basket.

"But... What do you do with the rest of your time?"

The Mexican looked up and smiled. "I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Julia and stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, señor."

The American laughed and stood tall. "Sir, I'm a Harvard M.B.A. and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing, and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. In no time, you could buy several boats with the increased haul. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats."

He continued, "Instead of selling your catch to a middleman, you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would then need to leave this small coastal fishing village, of course, and move to Mexico City, then to Los Angeles and eventually New York, where you could run your expanding enterprise with proper management."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, señor, how long will all this take?"

To which the American replied, "15-20 years. 25 tops."

"But what then, señor?"

The American laughed and said, "That's the best part. When the time is right, you would annonuce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions."

"Millions, señor? Then what?"

"Then you would retire and move to a small coastal fishing village, where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, and stroll into the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play guitar with your amigos..."

Events - please note all events are subject to Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of the event

  • National Velvet and Hard Antler Competition 2021: Judging - Monday 6th of December and Awards and 40th Anniversary Celebration - Tuesday 7th of December, click here to see details >>

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