[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 whereas it was $10 per kilogram in the North Island. Deer Industry NZ Chief Executive, Dan Coup, said a survey showed there was strong growth in deer herd sizes since 2011. He added modest sustained growth in the national deer herd, built on strong market demand for its products, was good for the industry. Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, was expected to present the opening address on day two of the Deer Industry NZ’s annual conference. Staying ahead of the deer game was the theme of this year’s conference.