40th NZDFA AGM Remits

40th NZDFA AGM Remits

SCNO Branch AGM 23/04/2015 - Rising Stars Competition Remit

That the NZDFA take formal responsibility for the annual preparation, hosting and reporting of the National Rising Stars Hard Antler and Velvet Antler Competition, hosted through its NZDFA Branch structure

On application to a Rising Stars Steering Committee of relevant expertise and experience, established by the DFA, where aims, expectations, functions and a level of hosting this important event, are met by a formal prescribed minimum set of standards, across all competition areas that have been established in recent years.

Note.  Such standards must cover:

  • Current and future sponsorship commitments and relationships
  • The Rising Stars Competition heritage, aims and objectives ( including application of any profits and commitment to the improvement and training of antler judging)
  • Prescribed minimum standards of class entry description and antler quality,
  • Formal judging process and rules
  • Competition display and hosting  an appropriate social occasion for acknowledgements and prize giving
  • The timely reporting to industry
  • An annual event review and recommendation to the next competition committee and host branch
  •  Formal position description and financial reporting the responsibility  of a contacted administrator
  • The continuance of the competition maintaining standards of judging, display and reporting


The competition acknowledges the past contributions of the following, Joe Crowley,Sharon Love, Vanessa Crowley, Graham and Shelly Lawson, Hub Hall, Bill Robinson and the team of dedicated volunteers, whom have given their time freely to ensure Rising Stars has reached and maintained the highest standards, and established this event as the highlight in the NZ deer industry’s annual events calender

The competition owes its professional and industry success to the commitment of key sponsors led by Xcell Breeding Services and all other long term and continuing sponsors

Remit moved: K Bennett

Seconded:  D Whyte

Carried Unanimously


Otago NZDFA Remit

"That the DFA formally request DINZ to commission an independent report on the current venison value chain, identifying areas of leakage, such as procurement, overcapacity & marketing.
To also investigate the potential advantages to be gained through collaborative processing and marketing of the majority of New Zealand Venison"


Current Venison returns to producers are unsustainably low; for the industry to survive prices must return to profitable levels to arrest the decline in hind numbers. Through the P2P opportunities to increase profitability have been identified and gains will be made behind the farm gate and through the 3 market initiatives. We need every dollar to be at maximum effective spend. All opportunities to increase prices have to be investigated and a whole value chain assessment needs to be part of this.

The 2011 MIA Red Meat Sector Report and the 2015 MIE report movement detail strategy and facts that support scale and collaboration across processors in the red meat sector to deliver gains for sheep and beef producers. The gains for venison producers also should be accessed under these scenarios to enable producers and supplier shareholders to make informed decisions to deliver profitability required.