Please note this programme is no longer running. Deer Industry New Zealand is focused on providing future rural professionals with an opportunity to get to know what the deer industry has to offer. Deer numbers are growing in New Zealand and farmers are increasingly seeking expert assistance with integrated management decisions to improve their productivity, profitability and environmental compliance.
About The Big Deer Tour
The Big Deer Tour will show a small group of students the deer industry from top to bottom, it will offer participants the chance to see what makes the deer industry special and to meet professionals providing services to this sector.
2022 selections & review
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the Big Deer Tour for 2022 – Ella Zwagerman, Jessica Sime, Harris Moana, Jeremy Kilgour, Megan Ross, Sophie Ridd, Holly Broom and Suzie Morrow.
2021 selections & review
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the Big Deer Tour for 2021 – Cameron Butterworth, Mikaela Carr, Zach Dewhurst, Izzy Hurst, Archie Woodhouse, Abbey Dowd, Amy Ashworth and Daniel Vaughan.
2019 selections & review
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the Big Deer Tour for 2019 – George Gill, Lachie Davidson, Shannon Carden-Holdstock, Ben Orchard, Lily Cunningham, Shaun Rowe, Abagael Carden-Holdstock and Hugh Jackson.
2018 selections & review
We are proud to announce the following tourists for the Big Deer Tour 2018; Chloe Belfield, Kate Peddie, Louis Poole, Sam Pike, Jake Jarman, Jean Louise Roberts, Robyn-Maree Parkinson and Scott Higgins.
2017 selections & review
After a rigorous selection process, we are proud to announce the following tour party for 2017; James Robertson, Brianna Lee-Kelleher, Kate Stewart, Logan Bain, Henry Waller and Glen McLennan
The Big Deer Tour Alumni
Deer Industry New Zealand keeps in touch with those who have been on our tours and here is a selection of those who been fortunate enough to take part in the programme and what they are up to today in 2021.
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Deer Workshops for Rural Professionals
Knowing more about deer and how they are farmed may improve your services to the rural sector. Farmers with deer are seeking advice to capitalise on good product prices and opportunities for increases in productivity.
Future Deer Farmers Experience
The Future Deer Farmers Experience was an all-expenses paid tour of the New Zealand deer industry organised by Deer Industry New Zealand and the NZ Deer Farmers Association to give ag students an up close look at our special industry.
The NZDFA has developed a programme to foster the growth of those Next Generation deer farmers in the industry that are keen to learn more about deer farming, connect with other like-minded deer farmers and get on farm to see what is possible with the input of knowledge, technology and a little know-how!