The National Deer Industry Conference is an annual event, featuring the NZDFA Annual AGM and conference proceedings.
After going virtual last year because of Covid-19, the Deer Industry Conference returned in the flesh in 2021. It was held in Invercargill on 18 & 19 May 2021, followed by ‘P2P in Action’ -- a national technical workshop – on 20 May.
To view the conference programme booklet, click here >>
To listen to the conference podcasts, click here >>
The Hon Damien O’Connor
Emil Murphy and Jamie Ward
Mark Harris, Rhys Griffiths, Innes Moffat, John Tacon, Tony Cochrane
Dr Lindsay Fung and Phil McKenzie
Dr. Jacqueline Rowarth
Dr Lindsay Fung
Dr Lindsay Burton and Rob Philips
Nick Taylor and Venison company managers
DINZ Board members
We may have missed out on our traditional face-to-face Deer Industry Conference this year, but the regular updates were still available. The biggest difference was that viewers were able to tune in to watch from the comfort of home. The presentations were split over separate sessions.
The 2020 Virtual Deer Industry Conference was presented in three separate sessions at 1.00 pm on 30 June, 7 July and 14 July. The DINZ team provided brief reports on activity for the year, with time for Q&As. Sarah Perriam directed proceedings as MC.
With running times of only 50–80 minutes, the sessions were recorded and hosted on the DINZ website for viewing at any time.
View each day below or visit the Deer Industry YouTube Channel to watch each session separately >>
Innes Moffat - The DINZ year
New to the CEO role, Innes will provide his views on DINZ activities that support the industry through these volatile times.
Tony Pearse - NZDFA update
The NZDFA continues to serve all New Zealand deer farmers well. Join Producer Manager Tony Pearse share his thoughts on priorities for deer farmers and how the NZDFA activities are representing member’s interests on deer productivity, environmental stewardship and the business of deer farming
Science: Jamie Ward - Carla
You've heard that selecting sires for Carla improves growth rates. Tune in to hear from Jamie Ward on the effect of Carla on the worm infection cycle and the dollars you can gain rom Carla selection. Sharon McIntyre will join Jamie to answer your questions.
Catharine Sayer - Science: Velvet Composition
If you've been involved in velvet for a few years you'll have noticed that weights and grades have improved dramatically - but what about quality? Jump onto this webinar to learn about the change in composition of NZ deer velvet over the last 30 years and whether there are significant differences between sticks from different farming systems. Come prepared to quiz NZ's leading velvet researcher, Dr Stephen Haines and our velvet marketing guru Rhys Griffiths on what the changes mean for your operation or your marketing.
Rhys Griffiths - Velvet marketing
Please tune in for a brief velvet market update.This will be followed with a live Q&A panel session with Ross Chambers (Provelco), Colin Stevenson (CK), Tony Cochrane (PGW) and Hugh Signal (Alpine Deer).
Phil McKenzie - Passion2Profit (P2P)
P2P is a jointly funded collaboration by venison marketing companies, Deer Industry NZ, NZDFA and Government through MPI. The P2P programme is into its fifth year involving a range of projects spanning marketing premium venison and improving market-led productivity on farm. Find out about some of the market led projects that are helping to transform the New Zealand venison industry.
Sarah How and Millie How - Innovation group
Nicola McGrouther and Hugh Jackson - Rural Professionals Workshops and The Big Deer Tour
Dr Lindsay Fung - Environment
Demonstrating environmental stewardship is fast becoming the norm for pastoral farming in New Zealand. Find out what the industry is doing to ensure that deer farming remains a viable and sustainable land use in New Zealand. Hear from a farmer and consultant on the power of Deer Industry Environment Groups, a project supported by the Passion2Profit programme.
Emma Buchanan and Gretchen King - Deer Industry Environment Groups
Nick Taylor - Venison marketing
Join Nick Taylor for an update on our venison markets and the work venison marketers are doing with our customers in these turbulent times.
Venison Marketing Managers from Alliance, Duncan Ltd, Firstlight Foods, Mountain River Venison, and Silver Fern Farms will be online to answer questions from viewers on marketing activity and prospects.
To listen to podcasts of each session, click here >>
The 2019 Deer Industry Conference "Reflections and Directions" was held in Wellington on the 16th and 17th of May.
To view the Conference Programme booklet, click here >>
You can also listen on Spotify by searching Deer Industry NZ.
Ian Walker, Chairman, DINZ Board and Dan Coup, CEO, DINZ
Sponsored by Rabobank.
Hamish Midgley, Head Business Development, Rabobank
Dr Geoff Asher
Lindsay Fung, Environmental Stewardship Manager, DINZ
Key Note Speaker: Colin James
To read presentation notes provided by Colin, click here >>
Scope and Questions
Environment Session Keynote Sponsored by First Light
Mark Adams, Chairman Beef+Lamb NZ’s Environmental Reference Group
Nick Taylor – Deer Industry NZ
Shane Kingston, Alliance
Robb Kidd, Duncan
Toni Frost - Firstlight Foods
John Sadler, Mountain River Venison
Nicola Johnson, Silver Fern Farms
sponsored by Wilkins Farming
Anna Campbell, Managing Director, AbacusBio
Philip Gregan, CEO NZ Wine
Rhys Griffiths, Market Manager Asia, DINZ
John Tacon, QA Manager, DINZ
Catharine Sayer, DINZ
Sponsored by FMG
Grant and Ele Ludemann, Owners, EGL Pastoral, Otago