Deer Industry Conference 2018

Tuesday 15th May


8.00 -11.00 am 

NZDFA branch Chairs pre conference meeting (Grosvenor Hotel )

8.00 -11.30 am      

DINZ Board meeting (Benvennue Comfort Inn)

11.00 -12.00 pm

Light lunch available



12.00 -1.30pm

NZDFA 43rd AGM     Chair. David Morgan , Caroline Bay Hall


“Staying Ahead of the Game” 2018 Deer Industry Conference 

2.00- 4-15pm

Technical session DEEResearch update and P2P “from the farm” reporting Co-chairs Catharine Sayer DINZ Science and Policy Manager and Innes Moffat P2P Project Manager  


DEEResearch key projects update

·         DINZ DEEResearch , VARNZ and programme overview . Catharine Sayer


·         Stem cell mediated healing. Dr Dawn Coates University of Otago


·         Long term monitoring of deer impacts on waterways . Dr Geoff Asher AgResearch


·         Current parasite research Jamie Ward AgResearch


·         Discussion and Q&A

3.00-4.15pm Applying the P2P experiences

·         The Animal Health Review” South Canterbury Vet Life’s Hayden Barker plus deer farmer Tom Macfarlane (The Kowhais) report on their experiences with the Animal Health Review 


  • Feeding theme group. Feeding systems ,


·         Utilizing Genetic Gain. Sharon McIntyre Deer Breeding and use of EBV's with first hand  farmer experience



  • Headlines from the 2017 CINTA Report. Innes Moffat


  • Further Discussion Q&A


Afternoon Tea Break

4.40 -5.15pm

Progress on changes to National Tb testing programme, risk based testing and Industry funding. NAIT Review update. Q&A

Michelle Edge. OSPRI CEO.  ( Presenter Kevin Crews, Head of programme (National Disease Manager)



Next Generation “Future leadership; Issues and expectations ”                   A Panel of SCNO Next Generation in a dialogue with the Industry Leaders         Facilitator Kris Orange. DINZ Board and DFA  


International Deer Calendar   overview     

4th International Antler Science and Product Technology Conference Changchun China (Catharine Sayer) plus World Deer farming Congress VII, Altai Russia August 2018 , Natalia Sorokina CEO Russian Deer Famers Association /Tony Pearse


Welcome function, Bullock Bar  109 Sophia Street Timaru

Welcome function, Bullock Bar 109 Sophia Street Timaru CBD See for location map


Welcome Silver Fern Farms 5 course degustation & Table Quiz night                                                    Hosted by Silver Fern Farms   


For Technical sessions and evening event the conference will be joined by delegates to the 2018 deer veterinarians “Cervetec 2018” conference



Wednesday,16th May

Day 2 “Staying ahead of the Game” Agribusiness session

7.15-8.15 am

Local Rural Business Leaders Breakfast with DINZ (Sophezes)


Conference breakfast Caroline Bay Hall ( Delegates)

8.30-9.30 am

Conference Session 1


TBC, Opening address in person or by video link . The Hon Damien O’Connor, Minister of Agriculture (Invitation sent Waiting for response )                       

8.45- 9.10am 

Chair: DINZ Opening Address           

Welcome and State of the Industry Overview

Chairman DINZ Ian Walker and CEO DINZ Dan Coup


Rabobank address. Blake Holgate. Animal proteins specialist

 “Another Good Year…Spend It Wisely”


“Staying ahead of the game”

Feature Keynote Speaker   Craig Rispin “ Going Global”


Morning Tea break

11.00- 12.30pm

Venison, marketing and the markets session.

Chairman   Ian Walker


Feature key note speaker Lain Jager   former CEO Zespri

“Global Food and Fibre (The competitive strategy)

”The Zespri story including a perspective on NZ Agribusiness. Can Venison be the next kiwifruit ?


Venison and market session. Venison Marketing Manager Nick Taylor plus  Venison exporters panel 

 6X 5 minute key market feature venison market innovation.

15 minutes Q&A

12.45- 1.45pm

Lunch Break Industry exhibition area


Velvet Antler session.

2017 Velvet antler markets and performance and future prospects. (Rhys Griffiths)

The Regulatory Control scheme 2017 update and beyond (NZVSB)

Velvet antler Processor marketer report and discussion and Q&A


Environment Session


Scene Set.   Dan Coup CEO DINZ

( NOTE With apologies The Minister for the Environment has advised he is unable to attend),


Keynote 1

Mike Petersen, Special Agricultural Trade Envoy “ NZ needs a new story” A perspective on trade the CCPTP and environmental stewardship


Afternoon Tea break


Key note 2

Guy Salmon CEO Ecologic Foundation.

“The Environment, Society, Farming and Evolving expectations.


Farmer panel





Meanwhile back on the Farm: The Next Generation

Two perspectives on environmental stewardship, legacy and environmental response succession in deer farming 

Hamish and Anna Orbell , Hamish and Julia Mckenzie

Ryan O’Sullivan ( Nuffield scholar 2017) Global food production and the expectations of farming environment stewardship 

The Deer industry Environmental Management Code of Practice Launch


Closing Thoughts.   A Q&A session with the DINZ board

5.20. 5.40pm

Closing thoughts. Craig Rispin. Conference summary and feed back