Issue 198 | April 2024

Apr 4, 2024

Issue 198 | April 2024


Selection and Appointments Panel (SAP)

An election is required after three nominations were received for two positions.

Voting will be online with those eligible sent a link via email or post if there is no email on file.

These were sent out via ElectioNZ ( at 12pm Thursday 4 April with the closing date of 12pm Tuesday 30 April. 

More details, including eligibility and candidate statements, can be found in the 2024 Industry Positions - notification of results in this issue >>

Executive Committee Update

Member and Chair Justin Stevens' update - how things are on farm, NZDFA OSPRI representative and stepping down as Executive Committee chair.

What’s been happening around the country?

Producer Manager Lindsay Fung’s update - parental leave cover for DFA Coordinator, NZDFA elections and the 2024 Deer Industry Conference.

2024 Industry Positions - notification of results

Results from the recent nominations for NZDFA positions have resulted in a vacant position on the Executive Committee and an election required for the Selection and Appointments Panel. The nominations for the DINZ Board producer appointed member have been extended till 12 April 2024.

2024 Deer Industry Conference 8 & 9 May – Napier

The industry has had a remarkable journey since the first deer farm was licenced in 1970 and the theme of this year’s conference aims to reflect this change in the industry: “An incredible legacy – the past, the present, the future".

49th NZDFA AGM notice and Branch Chairs Meeting

Notice of the 49th NZDFA AGM to be held in Napier on 8 May 2024 and the Branch Chairs Meeting to be held the day prior.


- Announcement to all deer farmers: DINZ – NZDFA appointed board member
- NZDFA OSPRI representative
- A change to the size of dams impacted by the regulations
- Welcome to the new DFA Coordinator
- 2024/25 NZDFA subscriptions - invoices heading out soon
- 2024 Awards and Competitions
- Thank you to our 2024 conference sponsors

- Production feature: Wintering feed systems
- MetService Outlook April 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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