The Code has had extensive input from deer farmers and experienced consultants and provides farm and in-paddock scale practices for deer farmers to complete Farm Environment Plans required by local authority regulation.
2018 Environmental Management Code of Practice
2018 MSD Deer Industry Photo Competition Results
Congratulations to our winners announced at the 2018 Deer Industry Conference Awards Dinner. Thanks to all who entered, our judges and sponsor MSD. Start getting your portfolio ready for next year!
Deer Industry Regional Workshops
Come and hear what Advance Party groups near you have been working on over the past year
Feed Cost Comparer
Is it better value to feed peas or silage? What's the cents per mj/me of oats?
Shed examples for new standards
Typical older style deer shed that requires clean zones.
Approved maintenance compounds
From MPI website and as advised by MPI (codes C31, C37, C38, C41 & C44 are approved for velvetting facilities).
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NZFarmer.co.nz, 23 May 2018
Mesopotamia is the last station at the end of a road now often frequented by tourists. It sits in the headwaters of the Rangitata River where the country opens out to a large basin of flat terraces surrounded by mountains in May already dusted by snow.
Farming deer, cattle and merino sheep, the station's role in the deer industry's pioneering days and its scenic location made it an ideal destination for delegates from this year's deer industry conference held in Timaru.
Farmers Weekly, 22 May 2018
New Zealand has a role in helping other countries deal with their food security, business futurist and innovation expert Mike Petersen says.
“It’s not an opportunity but a responsibility of ours.
“Food security is a real issue. We have an abundance of food in NZ and we don’t actually take it seriously,” he said.
Addressing the deer industry conference Petersen said NZ has a huge opportunity to capitalise on that.
Rural Exchange Video, 19 May 2018
Rural Exchange’s Sarah Perriam brings you what she believes is the most powerful message from the Deer Industry Conference 2018.
Farmers were able to have a Q&A with former Zespri CEO Lain Jager following advice on how the red meat sector can learn from the success of the Kiwifruit industry.
Rural Exchange Audio, 19 May 2018
The soon to be released Deer Industry Code of Practice looks at the best management practice, aligning them to various needs, and options for mitigation.
The Code is expected to help farmers with their land environment planning around several issues including biodiversity, nutrient and soil management.
Janet Gregory from Landcare Trust told Rural Exchange’s Sarah Perriam that the Code offers a user-friendly resource that compiles information from numerous case studies.
Farmers Weekly, 18 May 2018
Venison could become the next kiwifruit but getting there will be a tough mountain to climb, Primary Sector Council chairman Lain Jager says.
17 May 2018
Today The Country ponders and predicts what the Government's 2018 Budget could mean for New Zealand's rural population. On with the show: Katie Milne, James Shaw, David Morgan (NZDFA outgoing chair) and Joe Wheeler and Ben Smith.
Radio New Zealand Audio
2:04 Deer Industry New Zealand's market manager for Asia, Rhys Griffiths, told a deer conference yesterday that traditionally velvet has been used as an oriental medicine but he says in recent years there's been a big shift in how it's being consumed.
Radio New Zealand, 17 May 2018
Deer farmers around the country are building up their herds on the back of strong venison and velvet prices.
Radio New Zealand Audio, 17 May 2018
Deer farmers around the country are building up their herds on the back of strong venison and velvet prices. Deer numbers had been falling for over a decade, but figures released this month show the national herd lifted ever so slightly last year, for the first time since 2005. Our rural reporter, Maja Burry, has the story.
Radio New Zealand
[4.33-8.01] Dan Coup the chief executive of Deer Industry New Zealand says velvet prices for the 2016/17 season hit $59 million and are expected to continue to rise. ... Dan Coup says this is creating optimism in the sector.-
Rural Exchange, 13 May 2018
Two hundred deer farmers are descending on Timaru this week in a buoyant mood for their annual deer industry conference.
The conference has a great lineup of speakers with a broader agribusiness theme, as well as sessions on deer research, venison and velvet marketing and prospects.
It has been a pretty stellar year for the deer industry with increasing confidence and investment, especially by younger farmers.
Dan Coup, CEO for Deer Industry New Zealand joined Rural Exchange to discuss the conference and boom in our deer industry.
NZFarmer.co.nz, 7 April 2018
Farmers are looking to return to deer or expand their operations as venison prices soar to unprecedented levels this season.
Deer Farmers' Association chairman David Morgan, who farms Raincliff Station near Pleasant Point, said deer was showing good returns for a dryland operation.
Hinds were being retained for breeding and the industry was rebuilding herd numbers after several years of decline. Many farms had deer fencing, including properties that had previously left the industry, so there was potential to expand.