2020 Deer Industry Conference

2020 Deer Industry Conference

We may have missed out on our traditional face-to-face Deer Industry Conference this year, but the regular updates were still available. The biggest difference was that viewers were able to tune in to watch from the comfort of home. The presentations were split over separate sessions.

The 2020 Virtual Deer Industry Conference was presented in three separate sessions at 1.00 pm on 30 June, 7 July and 14 July. The DINZ team provided brief reports on activity for the year, with time for Q&As. Sarah Perriam directed proceedings as MC.

With running times of only 50–80 minutes, the sessions were recorded and hosted on the DINZ website for viewing at any time.

Tuesday 30th June - Click here to view the programme and video from Day 1 >>

Tuesday 7th July - Click here to view the programme and video from Day 2 >>

Tuesday 14th July - Click here to view the programme and video from Day 3 >>

To view videos from each day separatley, go to the Deer Industry You Tube channel >>

To listen to individual podcasts, click on the below links:


Tuesday 30th June - You can view the day 1 conference session here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7igFp7X2QA

Time Presenter Topic
1:00pm Ian Walker State of the Nation
Join DINZ Chair Ian Walker for a live Q&A online. Ian will discuss the evolving issues affecting deer farming this year. Viewers can post questions during the presentation and Ian will be on-line to answer them, hosted by Sarah Perriam.
1:10pm Ian and Sarah Q&A
1:20pm Innes Moffat The DINZ year
New to the CEO role, Innes will provide his views on DINZ activities that   support the industry through these volatile times.​
1:30pm Innes and Sarah Q&A
1:40pm Tony Pearse NZDFA
The NZDFA continues to serve all New Zealand deer farmers well.  Join Producer Manager Tony Pearse share his thoughts on priorities for deer farmers and how the NZDFA activities are representing member’s interests on deer productivity, environmental stewardship and the business of deer farming.  ​
1:50pm Tony and Sarah Q&A
2:00pm Science: Jamie Ward Carla
You've heard that selecting sires for Carla improves growth rates. Tune in to hear from Jamie Ward on the effect of Carla on the worm infection cycle and the dollars you can gain rom Carla selection. Sharon McIntyre will join Jamie to answer your questions.
2:10pm Jamie Ward and Sharon McIntyre Q&A


Tuesday 7th July - You can view the day 2 conference session here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7isg2Z0k7Q

Time Presenter Topic
1:00pm Catharine Sayer     Science: Velvet Composition
If you've been involved in velvet for a few years you'll have noticed that weights and grades have improved dramatically - but what about quality?  Jump onto this webinar to learn about the change in composition of NZ deer velvet over the last 30 years and whether there are significant differences between sticks from different farming systems. Come prepared to quiz NZ's leading velvet researcher, Dr Stephen Haines and our velvet marketing guru Rhys Griffiths on what the changes mean for your operation or your marketing.
1:10pm Stephen Haines, Rhys Griffiths and Tony Pearse Q&A
1:20pm Rhys Griffiths Velvet Marketing
Please tune in for a brief velvet market update.This will be followed with a live Q&A panel session with Ross Chambers (Provelco), Colin Stevenson (CK), Tony Cochrane (PGW) and Hugh Signal (Alpine Deer). ​
1:30pm Ross Chambers, Tony Cochrane, Colin Stevenson, Hugh Signal, Rhys Griffiths Q&A
1:40pm Phil McKenzie Passion2Profit (P2P)
P2P is a jointly funded collaboration by venison marketing companies, Deer Industry NZ, NZDFA and Government through MPI. The P2P programme is into its fifth year involving a range of projects spanning marketing premium venison and improving market-led productivity on farm. Find out about some of the market led projects that are helping to transform the New Zealand venison industry.​
1:45pm Innovation group Sarah How and Millie How
1:50pm Rural Professionals Workshops and The Big Deer Tour Nicola McGrouther and Hugh Jackson
1:55pm Phil and Sarah Q&A
2:05pm SESSION ENDS      


Tuesday 14th July - You can view the day 3 conference session here: https://youtu.be/TiTqqyq1rLA

Time Presenter Topic
1:00pm Lindsay Fung Environment
Demonstrating environmental stewardship is fast becoming the norm for pastoral farming in New Zealand. Find out what the industry is doing to ensure that deer farming remains a viable and sustainable land use in New Zealand. Hear from a farmer and consultant on the power of Deer Industry Environment Groups, a project supported by the Passion2Profit programme.​
1:10pm Deer Industry Environment Groups Emma Buchanan and Gretchen King
1:15pm Lindsay, Phil and Sarah Q&A
1:25pm Nick Taylor Venison Marketing
Join Nick Taylor for an update on our venison markets and the work venison marketers are doing with our customers in these turbulent times.
1:35pm Nick and Sarah  Q&A
1:40pm Venison Marketers Venison Marketing Managers from Alliance, Duncan Ltd, Firstlight Foods, Mountain River Venison, and Silver Fern Farms will be online to answer questions from viewers on marketing activity and prospects.