About the NZDFA

About the NZDFA

The NZDFA was formed to assist in maximising sustainable benefits for all deer farmers and to provide a linkage to the agricultural industry and the public.

With the passing of a Commodity Levies (Farmed Deer Products) Order in September 2001, all deer farmers producing venison and/or velvet for sale became members of the Association and contribute by levy on the basis of the weight of venison and/or velvet sold.

With the change from the NZ Game Industry Board to Deer Industry New Zealand effective from1 October 2002, the Deer Industry New Zealand office now carries out the administrative operations of the NZDFA. This change in organisational structure has provided new strength at the Branch level, and has resulted in the Commodity Levy being set to nil from 1 October 2002.

The Council has been reduced to a four person Executive Committee, serviced in turn by a full time professional executive, the Producer Manager.  The Executive Committee Members are directly elected by members for a two-year term. The Deer Industry New Zealand Producer Manager manages the associations' programmes and provides the link between the branches and the Executive