On-farm wisdom and ideas for the taking

On-farm wisdom and ideas for the taking

Friday, May 14, 2021

The Deer Industry Conference in Invercargill is to be followed by a National Technical Workshop that has been designed to give farmers ideas they can potentially take home and apply on their farms.

The workshop is being held at Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill on Thursday 20 May, straight after the 2-day deer industry conference. It’s free to all to attend, thanks to funding by the Passion2Profit programme and the support of the Southland branch of NZDFA.

For catering purposes and in line with Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines, people are asked register and contact trace in advance (see below). Morning and afternoon tea, and lunch, will be provided.

Farmers have some one-to-one discussions with trade reps at a previous technical workshop in Gore

Rob Aloe of DINZ encourages farmers and industry support people particularly in Otago and Southland to take a day away from their day-to-day work and come along to “get some good practical take-home information from well-qualified speakers and farmers.”

There will be three 90-minute sessions on the day, with a choice of topics. Each session will involve workshops to establish practical take home ideas and actions for participants. Trade stands and company representatives will also be on hand for the day.

“During the first half of each session there will be presentations from subject matter experts, before attendees choose the topic of most interest to them. They then go to a breakout room to work on developing real-world applications in more depth with the help of a facilitator,” Aloe explains.

Session 1 will focus on the environment, with presentations on greenhouse gases, sediment traps, winter grazing and the projects of the Southland Environment Advance Party.

Session 2 will feature genetics and hind reproduction, with headline presentations by DINZ Deer Select manager Sharon McIntyre and former AgResearch senior scientist Geoff Asher. The new across-breed evaluation index for Deer Select will be covered.

Session 3 will zero in on parasite management and the CARLA breeding value for parasite resistance.

And, if you still haven’t got your head around VelTrak, the new velvet electronic tagging and tracing system, there will be updates from DINZ to help farmers get prepared for the new system in 2021/22.

The day starts with registration from 8.00 am and the first session kicking off at 9.00 am. The third session concludes at 2.30 pm, with the day closing at 4.00 pm.

For updated information and to register >>

Contact: rob.aloe@deernz.org or 027 448 6771

The National Technical Workshop has been produced as part of the Passion2Profit programme, a Primary Growth Partnership co-funded by Deer Industry New Zealand and MPI.