Future Deer Farmers Experience Selections 2020

Future Deer Farmers Experience Selections 2020

Here are the 5 successful applicants for this year’s Future Deer Farmers Experience 2020. These students will experience a busy week learning about deer farming to help them in their careers as future farmers from 03 – 07 August 2020. Deer Industry NZ and the NZ Deer Farmers Association welcomes you onboard!

A big thank you to everyone who applied for and showed interest in this opportunity, applicants were received from all over the country.

Here is the 2020 tour party;

Renee Wood

Renee is currently working on a sheep, beef, deer and cropping farm in Timaru, South Canterbury. She is studying towards her certification in agriculture level 4 with Primary ITO.

She sees this tour as an opportunity to learn more about technical aspects of deer farming, and in particular how to achieve high levels of performance. She is keen to learn more about velveting and genetics in deer.

Carey Pawson-Edwards

Carey is currently Junior Stock Manager with Coleridge Downs in the Rakaia Gorge, he completed his cadetship with Coleridge in 2018 and is furthering his studying with Primary ITO towards a Diploma in Agribusiness.

On this tour Carey is looking to gain valuable knowledge and innovative ideas from other deer farmers and industry experts that he can then take back to the farm to maximise production where he is responsible for finishing and supply of weaner deer.

Erika Johnstone

Erika is originally from Te Anau, Southland and is currently studying towards her level 3 certificate via the High Country Farming Programme at Otago Polytechnic, Central Campus Cromwell.

She would like to use this tour to broaden her knowledge on the industry after helping out on farm a few times with velveting as well as to learn some new skills which will help her in future.

William Bishop

William comes from South Canterbury where the home farm has deer on it. He is currently working at Awakino Station, just out of Kurow while also looking to complete his level 4 with Primary ITO. He is also a former cadet at Coleridge Downs.

Keen to learn more about the deer industry and in particular velveting, William is looking forward to seeing and experiencing what else is out there within the deer industry on this tour.

Jack Olsen

Jack is a first-year cadet out of Smedley Station and is studying towards his level 3 certification after doing 3 years of agricultural studies while at Napier Boys High. A Hawkes Bay local, any chance he gets he works with deer at Smedley he takes it.

Over the week of the tour Jack is looking forward to meeting people involved in the industry while learning more about velvet stags and the overseas markets. Good on ya Jack!

Deer Industry NZ and the NZ Deer Farmers Association would like to thank the following industry partners for their contribution during the week and for agreeing to host the group to help them learn more about our special industry;

  • Venison Packers Feilding, Feilding
  • Tim Coombs Deer & Stock Transport Ltd, Feilding
  • Robbie Bruce, Elgin Farm, Taihape
  • Taihape NZ DFA Branch
  • Carl Lynch, Silver Fern Farms North Island Deer Rep
  • Ohinewairua Station, Taihape
  • First Light Foods, Hastings
  • Progressive Leathers Ltd, Hastings
  • Smedley Station and Cadet Training Farm, Waipawa
  • Temco Agriculture, Waipawa.