Big Deer Tour 2019 Selections & Review

Big Deer Tour 2019 Selections & Review

Thank you to all those who applied for this years tour and showed interest in the industry, again we received a high standard of applications which made selection difficult. The select group will experience a full on week of activities as well as tasks and challenges with our tour partners from the 14th April 2019. We would like to thank the following industry partners for their contribution during the week and for agreeing to host the group;

  • Alliance Group
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury (Hospitality and Service Industries Section)
  • Allan Agricultural Consultancy Ltd
  • Provelco, Christchurch
  • New Zealand Light Leathers Limited, Timaru
  • Peel Forest Estate, Geraldine
  • Mt Peel Station, Geraldine

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected onto the Big Deer Tour for 2019 – George Gill, Lachie Davidson, Shannon Carden-Holdstock, Ben Orchard, Lily Cunningham, Shaun Rowe, Abagael Carden-Holdstock and Hugh Jackson.

George Gill

George is currently in his third year at Lincoln University studying a Bachelor of Land and Property Management (Rural Valuation) majoring in Primary Production.

From Tuatapere, he sees this tour as an opportunity to broaden his knowledge of the red meat industry having recently been on a Prime Ministers Scholarship visit to Brazil. George is Chairman of the Lincoln Young Farmers Club in 2019.





Lachie Davidson

Massey third year Bachelor of AgriCommerce student Lachie Davidson is hoping to use his study in International Agribusiness to one day work in market access and international trade.

A former Ashburton College student he is familiar with deer having had experience via his Year 13 Agricultural class and teacher who was a deer farmer. He is heavily involved with the Massey Young Farmers Club committee.





Shannon Carden-Holdstock

Introducing Shannon Carden-Holdstock, second year Agribusiness and Food Marketing student from Lincoln. Shannon is keen to learn about the science behind deer breeding and the daily handling and genetic improvements which can be made on-farm.

Shannon is heavily involved in Agricultural youth committees and is a member of the Black and White Holstein Friesian youth club.






Ben Orchard

Ben hails from Mangawai in Northland and is currently in his third year at Massey University studying towards a Bachelor of AgriCommerce. He is looking to head into a career in either Rural Banking or Ag Consultancy once he graduates.

He sees the deer industry as a key component of agriculture in New Zealand and is looking forward to learning more about deer farming systems on this year’s tour. Ben is also a two-time world archery champion.





Lily Cunningham

Currently a student at Lincoln University in her third year of a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, Lily has a strong interest in breeding and genetics work within the agriculture sector.

She finds deer to be fascinating and powerful animals having spent time last year on a deer farm in Central Otago as part of work experience handling and drafting them. Lily believes there is still huge genetic gains to be made in the deer industry and is looking forward to leaning more about this on tour.




Shaun Rowe