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Regional Workshop Calendar
35th National Velvet & Trophy Antler Competition
9th Dec entries due,13th Awards Dinner, Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill, more info here deernz.org.nz/35th-national-velvet-trophy-antler-competition
The Path to 2020
Our work plans for the next five years have been finalised. Find out what this means for deer farmers and those who market our products
Deer Industry Conference 2016
Presentations and video from the 2016 Deer Industry Conference are available now.
Deer Industry News Issue 81
• Tentative start for Velvet Market
• P2P Regional Workshops
• Branch Chairs’ Meeting
Farmers welcome changes to landscape/deer rulings
Hawkes Bay Today, 04 Dec 2016
Federated Farmers'Hawke's Bay policy team has successfully appealed parts of the Hastings District Plan, which Hawke's Bay president Will Foley said will help farmers tackle the burden of increasing compliance obligations.
The policies now...
Elk and Wapiti Society to celebrate 30 years of contribution to deer industry
New Zealand Herald, 04 Dec 2016
The Elk and Wapiti Society (EWS) is to mark its 30th anniversary and celebrate its contribution to New Zealand's deer industry, in Wanaka in January next year.
In a press release, president John Falconer said he expected more than 150 people...
New chairman heads up national velvet and trophy antler competition
stuff.co.nz, 22 Nov 2016
For Bruce Paterson his love of deer farming is focussed on the velvet performance of his animals.
Paterson is the new competition committee chairman for the National Velvet and Trophy Antler Competition, which is on next month. He, along with...
Waikato plan change a life change risk
stuff.co.nz, 17 Nov 2016
Waitomo sheep and beef farmers Kim and Janette Osborne fear the proposed Waikato regional plan change 1 will "strangle" their business and force them off their land.
Large-scale deer farmer Steve Borland of Oparau, south west Waikato, says the...
Farmers told to back off in case new dam collapses at Hupuku River
stuff.co.nz, 16 Nov 2016
Farmers are being told to put their lives first and stock second as the risk heightens of a 150 metre high dam formed by earthquakes breaching and forcing a wall of water down Hapuku River.
Federated Farmers is concerned about the welfare of...
Farming support offers flood in
Yahoo! New Zealand, 16 Nov 2016
A virtual "Farmy Army" is building momentum to help earthquake affected farmers find accommodation, generators, milkers and other manpower.
Federated Farmers says while phone service is patchy and roads are buckled, farmers in quake ravaged North...
Fairlie farmers remove the guess-work to take top South Island title
stuff.co.nz, 16 Nov 2016
The Fairlie "super team" of Neil and Lyn Campbell who cast aside hunches to base every farming call on hard data has won the South Island Farmer of the Year competition.
Heading off three other finalists, the Campbells earned the judge's nod...
Plenty of positive talk about venison and velvet season
Otago Daily Times, 19 Nov 2016
"Positive" and "encouraging" are words that deer farmer and veterinarian Dave Lawrence, of Browns, is using to describe this year’s venison and velvet season.
"It is all very positive," Mr Lawrence said.
"The venison schedule is about $8kg.
Vital supplies and help reach quake regions
stuff.co.nz, 21 Nov 2016
A farmer has donated $10,000 to help earthquake-hit farmers with emergency supplies, farm equipment, essential tools and materials, just one of a growing number of Kiwis who have felt moved to support people in North Canterbury and...
Central Otago farmers rejoice as spring rains set up summer
stuff.co.nz, 14 Nov 2016
Central Otago farmers are rejoicing after significant, regular rainfall this spring has made areas of the region greener than it has been in years. But they are not counting their chickens, or sheep, or cattle just yet.
Ida Valley farmer...
New Zealand venison seen as an ethical choice by European consumers
stuff.co.nz, 13 Nov 2016
New Zealand venison is ideally placed to take advantage of changing consumer trends in its critical German market.
The deer industry's outdoor-farmed, pasture-fed farm system puts it in a prime position among affluent German consumers looking...
Deer farming 'shining light' for Hawke's Bay farming industry
Hawkes Bay Today, 12 Nov 2016
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Wine man complements three red meat producers in final
farmersweekly.co.nz, 09 Nov 2016
A central Otago wine business is to face off against three red meat producers in the final of the Lincoln University Foundation 2016 South Island Farmer of the Year.
The four finalists will have their last chance to impress the judges at the final to b...
Farming couples need to keep communication open to help relieve quake aftermath
stuff.co.nz, 14 Nov 2016
A Seddon farmer has described the aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake as worse than anything he could remember.
Warwick Lissaman? said only limited radio coverage was providing updates to the rural community.
"We have no power and no...
Supporters rally around to help quake-hit farmers
stuff.co.nz, 15 Nov 2016
As disaster has struck in North Canterbury this week, farmers have been using social media to raise morale, find missing people and offer help – and someone from as far away as Germany has been playing a part.
Duncan Humm, one of up to a dozen...
Velvet and venison share top billing
stuff.co.nz, 08 Nov 2016
Becoming more efficient in their venison stag breeding operation has helped John and Daniel Spiers expand the velvet production side of their business.
The proportion of breeding animals has changed on their Takapau deer farm, Maranoa, with as...