Deer

Spring peak in venison price expected

[27 February/Otago Daily Times] Deer farmers can expect to return to a normal pattern of seasonal demand this year, when venison schedule prices peak in spring. Dan Coup, Chief Executive of Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) reports that the spring premium rewarded farmers who were able to carry finishing deer through the winter for processing...

NZ deer milk to make it to shelves in skincare products

[12 February/Radio NZ] New Zealand brand Kōtia is set to launch a range of skincare products it has developed with deer milk this month, something it claims to be a world first. The brand’s founder, Queenstown-based Graeme Shaw, said he had spent the last six years focusing on R&D of deer milk harvest and new...

Pāmu signs deer milk deal with South Korea’s Yuhan

[10 December/NZ Herald] Pāmu will sign a deal with South Korean pharmaceutical company Yuhan to supply deer milk for its range of cosmetic products. The state-owned company, said it will be the first time New Zealand deer milk has been sold for use in the beauty industry. Yuhan has been developing a number of deer...

Deer Industry NZ: Velvet prices tipped to be stable in year

[29 October/The Country] The deer velvet market was expected to remain stable over the 2018/19 season due to increased consumption of the product in Asia alongside increased production in New Zealand.  Prices have consistently increased over the past eight years. Deer Industry NZ Asia Manager, Rhys Griffiths, cautioned the trend would not continue indefinitely. He...

Confidence drives deer farmers

[14 May/Farmers Weekly] Confidence was driving the rebuild of New Zealand’s deer herd after one of the industry’s best seasons ever. Existing deer blocks were being expanded and subdivided to run more stock, feeding systems were being upgraded and more weaners were being kept for breeding. The South Island venison price was $11 per kilogram...

Deer velvet deal signed with South Korean corporation

[15 November/Radio New Zealand] South Korea’s largest pharmaceutical company, Yuhan Corporation, signed a deal to launch a range of New Zealand deer velvet products. Yuhan Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with Deer Industry New Zealand, and entered agreements with AgResearch and Alpine Deer Group. The pharmaceutical company plans to develop health food products and...

Signs of stronger prices for NZ deer velvet

[30 October/New Zealand Herald] Deer velvet season has begun with farmers reporting high offers from buyers at rates 10-15 percent above the end of the previous season. Deer Industry NZ (DINZ) Market Manager Rhys Griffiths said that regulatory changes from China last season caused buyer confidence and prices to dip. China and Korea are NZ...

Department of Conservation slams illegal release of deer

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] A group of anti-1080 protesters has illegally released a herd of sika deer into North Taranaki forests. The Department of Conservation (DOC) strongly condemned their actions. DOC rushed into the area after an anonymous tip-off and had since worked hard to remove the deer, destroying five so far. DOC’s Director-General Lou...

Deer a profitable option in hill country

[24 September/ Rural News Group] An ANZ agri-report published recently said although challenges are present from competing land use and a decrease in the national deer herd, the deer industry is well positioned to fulfil New Zealand’s goal to provide high-quality protein products to global customers. The report highlighted the industry’s continued tight livestock supply...

Venison approaches record prices as US appetite grows

[18 August/Stuff: NZ Farmer] New Zealand venison prices are approaching record levels on the back of continuing demand from the North American market. Prices are up 17% on last year at more than $9 per kilo, with Deer Industry New Zealand Passion to Profit PGP manager, Innes Moffat, noting that the farmers are benefiting from...

LIC sells Deer Improvement as going concern

[26 July/ Otago Daily Times] LIC is selling its Deer Improvement subsidiary, including a Southland farm and over 2000 animals as a going concern sale. The sale is expected to be completed in early October and includes the 390ha Balfour property, artificial breeding collection and laboratory facilities and the deer herd. The buyers were South...