Breeders of the NZ Fallow Deer Society can be found here.
Ian & Dianne Bristow
44 Crosland, RD1, Helensville, North Auckland, New Zealand
Ph: 09 420 2852
Pinewood Deer Farm identity started in 1984 when Malc and I purchased approximately half of Woodhill Deer Estate at Rimmer Road, Helensville. Malc had always had a great interest in the trophy potential of fallow deer. When Malcolm was killed in 1991, Di with the help of Dave Chisholm continued to run the farm focusing on Trophy Fallow Deer and Red Deer for velvetting and the odd trophy. Ian and I formed a partnership in 1997 amalgamating two farms under the Pinewood banner.
In 2000 we sold both of our properties and bought 44 Crosland Road, South Head, Helensville which is now 387+ Hectares.
Running, 550 Red Hinds (200 hinds recorded and the remainder as Venison), 320 Red Velvet Stags, 450 Red Weaners (300 are for Venison and the remainder are replacements - the focus here is to have the majority of the R1 Venison animals off by Xmas.
A selected number of older stags are grown out to assess trophy potential each year.
We are running approx 700+Fallow Deer, of mixed Hungarian/ Swedish and Danish bloodlines now, and we have recently added more Hungarian blood from the South Island.
We have a small number running as a black herd, as we suddenly realised the “ginger gene” is a lot more dominant than the black.
Fallow deer have an aversion to being yarded, which we overcome by doing as much as possible to them while in the yards and only yarding 2-3 times a year if possible.
We have been able to sell all of our Trophy Bucks each year as rising 4yrs, with the majority being delivered in October [at button drop] to grow out on the recipient’s property. We guarantee all our bucks will score 235 – 290.
Our buck numbers are increasing which gives us more options ie. hold a selected few for longer, in the past 2yrs we have had bucks in excess of 300SCI with one holding the South Pacific SCI Record.
Our trophy heads have improved immensely over the last few years, which can be attributed to management and feeding.
Tony & Michelle Roberts
Ph: 027 755 8446
Where size doe's matter!
The rolling pastures of Merino Downs are home to our core breeding herd of 130 breeding does and their offspring and mixed age bucks. Three colours are represented in the herd - black, white and spotty. All bucks are assessed annually to conform with our breeding objectives.
Our aim is to produce 45 Bucks available to the trophy market annually.
Our breeding goal is to produce a style of head that is long, ultra wide and with multi-pointed palms with the 'wow' factor. Top Hungarian / Danish bloodlines from throughout New Zealand have been selected and introduced to our herd to achieve this. The best three year olds are selected and used over doe groups. Does are culled heavily to speed up genetic gain. Poor temperament is not tolerated.
Natural immunity and hardiness are encouraged through minimal intervention for animal health.
A number of trophy bucks are available for sale annually. Periodically breeding Sires will be available.
Inquiry is always welcomed regarding trophy bucks or general discussion about farming fallow deer. eg yard design, fencing or management.
Visitors are welcome, by appointment.
TB status: C10
111 Kellands Hill, RD4, Timaru
Ph: (03) 688 2199
I have farmed fallow deer for 27 years. Other breeds of deer have come and gone over the years, but I have always had fallow deer.
For a lot of years I was growing the animals for the venison market, but for the past 12 or so years I have been breeding the animals for the hunting market.
I sell a limited number of four year old fallow bucks each year. They are not of any one blood line.
Bits and pieces have come and gone over the years. Now I have animals of mixed blood lines.
120 Reids Line, Apiti, RD7, Fielding 4777
Ph: 06 328 4852
The family farm is in the Apiti district, located in the Northern Manawatu. In 1985, a small portion of our sheep and beef farm was converted into deer which at one stage grew to over 550 breeding hinds.
In 1987, a pure Hungarian buck was purchased with 3 other partners and in 1988 the first pure Danish buck (born in NZ) was purchased. With the use of A.I. this became the nucleus of our herd. Later, bucks from Willowbrook and Pinewood have been introduced and the number of does farmed is now 200, with the concentration on producing trophy bucks.
All deer are farmed at 5000 metres above sea level. TB status C10. Our goal is to improve the quality of antlers.
A limited number of bucks are available annually both for breeding and trophies.
Ph: 09 420 2852
EJ & L Hazelhurst, Tirau
K & KC Swainson, Palmerston North
B & C Jacobson, Takaka
Tony Valentine, Whakatane
IW & DM Bristow, Helensville
G & L Taylor, Hamilton
G Diffey, Hamilton
E Hulse, Cambridge
John Herbert, Rotorua
John Lepper, Gisborne
P G Dandy, Eketahuna
Blue Cumberworth, Ohura
R K Cummings, Wanganui
D McIntosh, Wanganui
H N Coughlin, Wanganui
T G Geling, Palmerston North
B G Duker, Palmerton North
C Ferguson, Marton
L McKenzie, Feilding
P J Wiggleworth, Silverdale
W & R Bristed, Marlborough
G Mitchell, Christchurch
B R McCuster, Hawarden
Donald Whyte, Ashburton
A Midgley, Timaru
P M Dalrymple, Timaru
Graham Carr (NZ Ltd), Geraldine
Rooney Farms Ltd, Waimate
S & J Pye, South Canterbury
A J Hale, Milton
T & M Roberts, Tapanui
R Cook, Invercargill
Rieko Takahashi, Tokyo, Japan
C Thrupp, Ohakune
Duncan & Company, Auckland
Venison Packers - PGG, Christchurch
Tony Cochrane - PGG, Christchurch
Silver Fern Farms Rotorua, Dunedin
Lex McKenzie, Manawatu