Noticeboard and Events | Issue 190

Jul 13, 2023


- Haven't paid your 2023/24 NZDFA subscription?
DINZ and NZDFA office on the move
Student needing work experience
- MetService Outlook July 2023
- Production feature: Wintering feed systems
- Joke of the Month


- Deer Lameness Workshop, 17 July 2023, Geraldine and online
- 2023 Next Generation Programme, Canterbury, 3-4 August 2023
- 2023 October Branch Chairs Meeting, 5-6 October, Wellington
- 2023 41st National Velvet & Trophy Antler Competition, Awards Night 8 December 2023, Invercargill
- 2024 CK Import Export Rising Stars, 9 March 2024, Te Awamutu


Haven't paid your 2023/24 NZDFA subscription?

This year we've sent out invoices via email (utilising Xero) to not only make a saving for the NZDFA but also add convenience for members.

Unfortunately this has meant our subscription intake has been significantly lower for the year-to-date.

To ensure the NZDFA can continue to function at the same expected level and beyond, please ensure you have made your payment as soon as possible. 

Membership reminders will be sent out via email later in July and branch chairs will receive a list of their members. 

If you didn't receive a invoice, or would like to request invoices going forward to be sent via post, please email

Not a NZDFA member and wondering what they do?

On a national level:

  • Advocate on behalf of members
  • Electing Deer Industry New Zealand Board members and appointment members to OSPRI Stakeholders Council, Cervena Trust, and the National Velvetting Standards Body
  • Regular communication with Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ)
  • Running the Next Generation Programme
  • DFA Stagline
  • Annual October Branch Chairs Meeting
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • OSPRI NZ relationship 
  • NAIT Leader Tags discount
  • Support with donation

At a local level: Your local branch is your first point of contact for what is happening in the area. Branches support the deer farming industry through various activities including field days, velvet competitions and social events for members and the wider community. They also advocate on behalf of their members and communicate with the Executive Committee and DINZ.

The NZDFA relies on this relatively small subscription to function effectively while continuing to deliver a strong, independent view for the producer at all levels of industry engagement. 


DINZ and NZDFA office on the move

While it's business as usual for DINZ executive and NZDFA administration, new office administrator Helen Montgomery has been busy getting everything ready for the office move.

We've not gone far, just downstairs, sharing level 4 with Beef + Lamb NZ. There's still a lot of unpacking and organising to do, but here's a little teaser:

Student needing work experience

Jamie Hayes is studying a Diploma in Rural Animal Veterinary Technician at Otago Polytechnic. She is needing work experience with deer in the Ranfurly region or Central Otago.
Experience needs to include things like drenching vaccinating, animal health etc.
If you can help Jamie, please contact her on 027 379 4018 or

MetService Outlook - July 2023

July arrives with a bang as a robust wintry cold snap brings the first decent snow event of the season to parts of the South Island, while chilly temperatures spread across most of the country. These conditions will be short-lived, however, as high pressure moves in from the Australia mid-week and drags down warmer and drier conditions to New Zealand. A Tasman low finishes off week one with warm northwesterlies giving way to cooler southwesterlies over the weekend.

The second week of July sees this lingering low pressure system spreading east of the country with gradually easing southwesterlies, followed by a transient dry high pressure system. Similar to the previous week, the high may be followed quickly by a cooler Southern Ocean system.

The latter half of July sees this trend persist, with a west-to-southwest flow predominating across the board and is likely to bring enhanced rainfall accumulations to western and southern regions. This increased mobility in weather systems is characteristic of a building El Niño and a notable change compared to the slow-moving weather systems of late.

The marine heat wave across New Zealand waters has eased across the North Island, while persisting to a lesser degree further south. With an increased frequency of Southern Ocean weather makers over the coming month, expect sea surface temperatures to cool elsewhere, which would bring temperatures closer to long-term average as the month progresses (while feeling notably cooler compared to recent years).

Bottom Line: The month of July should bring a more frequent mix of both Tasman Sea and Southern Ocean systems, with highly changeable weather conditions possible across most of New Zealand.

You can sign up for the MetService's Monthly Outlook right to your inbox - click here to subscribe.


Production feature: Wintering feed systems

Winter can be a critical time for soil erosion, stream pollution and animal welfare on livestock farms. Some wintering systems, especially brassica and fodder beet crops, pose particular risks to water quality with exposed soils becoming saturated, pugged and carried away during heavy or prolonged rain into waterways. As well as carrying soil particles, this runoff contains high levels of phosphorus, nitrogen and bacteria that are a risk to downstream water quality.

Read more, including:

  • Getting it right during winter,
  • Designing wintering feed systems
  • Winter Storms
  • Winter feed pads
  • Sediment ponds
  • Stock access to waterways >>

Joke of the Month

An airliner is fully boarded and ready to push-off from the gate, when two blind pilots enter the main cabin.

The pilots both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a guide dog and the other is tapping his way along the aisle with a cane. Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up.

The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming. The plane moves faster and faster down the runway and the people sitting in the window seats realize they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport.

As it begins to look as though the plane will plough in to the water, panicked screams fill the cabin. At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

In the cockpit, one of the blind pilots turns to the other and says, "You know, Bob, one of these days, they're gonna scream too late and we're all gonna die."



Deer Lameness Workshop

Aim: Improve information on foot infection in deer including cause, treatment and prevention. 
Who we want to attend: Vets and farmers who have experienced foot abscess in deer.

17 July 2023, Geraldine Golf Course or Online

This event will include an online meeting link which will be sent out closer to the event date so attendees out of town can attend.

Part 1: Experiences of those in the room
Part 2: Identify the knowns and the knowledge gaps
Part 3: Potential solutions or plans for further learning - all options on the table
Part 4: Refinement of ideas Pros and Cons, more details.
Part 5: Action plan

More details and the registration link can be found here >>

Next Generation Programme 2023

We're heading to Canterbury! Registrations have closed but we are taking names for a waitlist. 

Details can be found here >>

Mark your calendars

2023 October Branch Chairs Meeting, 5-6 October, Wellington

Branch Chairs make sure the 5-6 October is marked in your diaries for our regular meet up in Wellington. 

If you have anything you'd like discussed, please get in touch with your local branch chair or Producer Manager Lindsay Fung, or Executive Committee Chair Justin Stevens.  

2023 41st National Velvet & Trophy Competition

The 2023 Awards Night has been confirmed for Friday 8th of December. Contact for any enquiries.

2024 CK Import Export Rising Stars

Saturday 9th March 2024 in Te Awamutu. Hosted by Waipa Branch NZDFA. Contact or 07 873 2785 for any enquiries.

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