Next Generation Programme 2020

Next Generation Programme 2020



The NZDFA Next Generation Programme is a programme to foster the growth of those Next Generation deer farmers in the industry that are keen to learn more about deer farming, connect with other like-minded deer farmers and get on a farm to see what is possible with the input of knowledge, technology and a little know-how! It has become a highlight in the annual deer industry calendar and now in it's 8th year, we're taking it to Hawkes Bay on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of August.

August 5th (for those travelling from the South Island)

Transport is provided from Wellington airport on 5th August at approx 11:30am for those who have requested it. You will also need accommodation on the 5th in Waipukurau. If you are flying into Napier on the 5th, you will need to arrange your own transport to the farm tours the next day.

The programme is expected to wrap up by 2:00pm in Napier on the 7th. It is recommended for those flying back home, to fly out from Napier airport as the minivans likely won't get back into Wellington until about 7:00pm. The minivans will be used to drive attendees who don't have their own transport between farms, venues and pick up/drop off to catch flights.

Waipukurau Accommodation (for those travelling up on Wednesday 5th) - Include breakfast in your booking 
Accommodation must be booked/paid for direct through the hotel. 
Thornton Lodge Motel from $168 (this rate includes breakfast) - rooms held till July 17th 
Fergusson's Motor Lodge from $165 (this rate includes breakfast)

Thursday 6th August - Day 1

Day 1 will include visiting two spectacular properties in the centre of the ravages of the current Hawkes Bay drought, but have a legacy of huge commitment to the deer industry and high quality velvet production as a mainstream activity. Both properties have significant deer velvet operations as well as breeding and finishing deer plus significant sheep and cattle operations

The influential agricultural training station Smedley Station, and Cadet Training Farm (hosted by Manager Rob Evans)
TemcoAg which is a large diverse property in the same area, a past winner of the Deer Industry’s premier biennial environmental awards programme and also runs a large cropping operation (hosted by George Williams and Laura Billingsand family)

Themes for the day will include an overview and planning for farming in unprecedented drought conditions with shared experiences from other key deer farmers in the Hawkes Bay region related to deer farming under challenging and crisis conditions and reviewing the lessons to be learnt.


9:00am Attendees who have stayed in Waipukurau will head to Smedley Station
10:00am start at Smedley Station 
Morning tea will be provided
Smedley Station farm tour and workshop (on Smedley Road in Tikokino which is just out of Waipukurau. If you're travelling from Napier city, it is 1 hour south)

  • Background of Station
  • How they managed the lockdown and the decisions around coping with the drought
  • How the Cadet Training scheme works and integrates with farm operations
  • Discussion on interest in deer farming velvet
  • What past cadets have ended up doing

Lunch at the Smedley Station Woolshed
Temco AG Farm tour and workshop

  • Background of the farm
  • How they managed the lockdown and the decisions around coping with the drought

4:00pm wrap up
4:30pm travel to Napier city
6:30pm (seated by 7:00pm) Evening function featuring the hilarious Jonathan Usher who is a great enterainer and illusionist/magician. Venue is the Napier Conference and Events Centre

Napier Accommodation - As day 2 starts at 8:00am, it would be best eat beforehand. There are lots of cafes nearby.
Accommodation must be booked/paid for direct through the hotel. 
Recommended hotels close to the day 2 venue:

  • Expressotel - This hotel doesn't do on-site breakfast but there are cafe's that open from 7am around the corner
  • Quest Apartments - this hotel offers breakfast vouchers which you can use at nearby cafe DMP who are opening at 7am for us
  • Another close option is the Quality Inn (this hotel doesn't do on-site breakfast but there are cafe's that open from 7am, about a 3 minute walk away)


Friday 7th August - Day 2

As day 2 starts at 8:00am, it would be best eat beforehand. There are lots of cafes nearby.

Day 2 will feature contact with the support groups that have been behind the drought relief process, especially the Rural Support Trust and their huge role in keeping our farming people under stress in safety and care and coordinating much of the relief programmes put in place. We will extend the emphasis on planning for succession via banking advice and also have some interaction from the DINZ executive team and DFA leadership.


8:00am Meet at the venue - Napier Conference and Events Centre
8:30am Dave Todd - Rural Support Trust: Lessons learned from the 2020 drought
9:30am Peter Young - Rabobank: Lead a workshop and discussion forum about preparing to talk to finances and what sort of approaches and information should be obtained and prepared in advance of any discussion with a banker. The theme would also look at options around land purchase lease equity partnerships and the banker’s perspective of the pathway.
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am local vet Richard Hilson: The value of pregnancy scanning and an interactive session around best management and preparation practices for successful deer breeding. 
12:00pm Patrick Crawshaw - Firstlight Foods: Market update
12:30pm Lunch
1:00pm DINZ CEO Innes Moffat
2:00pm Wrap up
2:30pm Transport to leave the conference centre to drop off attendees at Napier airport/drive back to Wellington airport
7:00pm expected arrival time in Wellington.

Please contact Rebecca Norling at DINZ for any enquiries.