Issue 197 | March 2024

Mar 15, 2024

Issue 197 | March 2024


Nominations close 4pm Friday 22 March

There are four NZDFA positions up for nomination as they become available by rotation (appointment by nomination and election, if necessary) on the Executive Committee and the Selection and Appointments Panel (SAP), and one producer representative to the Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) board.

Forms and further information can be found on the website here:

If you would like to indicate your interest, or talk to someone in confidence about these positions, please get in touch with NZDFA Returning Officer Lindsay Fung on or 027 668 0141.

Executive Committee Update

Member Karen Middelberg gives us an update on what the Executive Committee have been up to, including attending events and starting a review of the constitution, and how the Hawke's Bay is doing one year on from Cyclone Gabrielle.

What’s been happening around the country?

Producer Manager Lindsay Fung’s update - where in the country is experiencing El Nino, recent DFA events, a reminder for industry position nominations, and an update around environment and politics. 

“Deer 2 Succeed” HBDFA Branch

The Hawke's Bay Branch finally managed to have their day after their event originally planned for 14 February 2023 was called off at the eleventh hour. A good decision too with everyone waking up to the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle!

Rising Stars – Te Awamutu, Season 2

In 2023 Waipa hosted the CK Import Export Rising Stars after a long hiatus but the mood was dampened by the impact of cyclone Gabrielle just a week before. With a clear run of non-events, the 2024 competition this weekend gone was a great success.


- Top of the South now a medium-scale adverse event
- Final call for Industry Positions: nominations close 22 March
- Obituary - Don Gregson
- 2024 Awards and Competitions
- 2024/25 NZDFA subscriptions - invoices will head out in April
- Thank you to our 2024 conference sponsors
- DFA Coordinator heading on parental leave
- Production feature: Drought feeding and management - new Deer Fact
- Classifieds
- MetService Outlook March 2024
- Joke of the Month


- 2024 Deer Industry Conference, 8-9 May, Hawke's Bay
- 2024 National Velvet and Hard Antler Competition, Awards night 14 December, Invercargill

If you or your NZDFA branch have recently held any deer farming events or have a story that you'd like to share, please feel free to contact DFA Stagline with details and we will aim to publish them in the next issue.
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