DINZ is an industry-good, levy-funded organisation with a small, diverse team skilled in marketing, research, advocacy, communications, farm production, quality assurance and culinary development.
We work with deer farmers, processors and marketers to promote a profitable and confident deer industry.
MISSION | To promote and assist the development of the New Zealand deer industry. A strong, stable, profitable industry for all participants.
Mana atua, mana whenua, mana tangata
DINZ: our role
Deer Industry New Zealand undertakes a range of programmes on behalf of all stakeholders in the NZ deer farming industry: farmers, processors and marketers. Find out about the functions and roles of Deer Industry New Zealand here.
Our new strategy guides the actions that DINZ is taking to accelerate the industry recovery and give confidence that we have a sustainable and profitable future.
Deer Industry Conference
The Deer Industry Conference is a highlight of the deer industry year. Read more about the conference here.
The deer industry runs interesting and informative programmes about sustainable, profitable deer farming for farmers, farm staff, rural professionals and for younger people interested in exploring a career in the industry.
Publications and media
Find out about the media and publications the Deer Industry produces which include a magazine and e-letters.
To the deer industry, quality includes animal welfare, animal health, food safety, identification, traceability and environmental issues.
Public concern about the quality of water in streams, lakes and rivers has led to tighter regional council controls on livestock farming.
Environment Award, Deer Industry and Matuschka Award, Velvet Competitions and more.
To improve industry value, we need to innovate constantly. DINZ generally supports user confidence by commissioning research projects whose design takes into account the diversity of operations within our industry.
Deer Industry New Zealand is responsible for promoting and assisting the development of the New Zealand deer industry.
Training and careers
If you are looking to work in the deer industry, or are wanting to up-skill yourself in deer handling and farm systems some of the information below may assist you with finding the right course or role for you.
VelTrak - proof of integrity from farm to market. VelTrak is a fully electronic, web-based system that enables velvet to be tracked and traced each step of the way from the farm to the market (and vice-versa).
Velvet market development
Velvet market development is aimed to create sustainable and profitable business streams throughout the New Zealand velvet industry with this novel health ingredient; well respected by sophisticated consumers in the Asia markets.
Venison market development
Promoting the best red meat in the world. Deer industry levys are put to work telling chefs and consumers in priority markets what's so good about New Zealand farm raised venison.
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The deer difference
Deer are a rich part of folklore in many cultures. Their unique products have long had an elite status as healthy foods and natural medicines. Our farmers are innovative, skilled and resourceful -- and most importantly, passionate about the deer difference.
Here you can find information about support services in the industry, ranging from educational events, to groups that come together to identify opportunities on farm.