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Next Generation Programme 2023

  • Date
    3 Aug - 4 Aug
  • Time
  • Location
  • Cost
    Attendance free

Mark this in your diaries - the 2023 Next Generation Programme is coming to Canterbury. There are a few spots left so register now! 

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 farm to see what is possible with the input of knowledge, technology and a little know-how!

The eleventh Next Generation Programme is shaping up to be a fantastic event. Based out of Ashburton on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August the programme will include some theory alongside a social evening. The programme is being worked through but will be updated here once confirmed. 

Due to the popularity of the programme, preference will be given to those who haven't attended before.

Once all the places are taken, we will be running a waitlist and will let you know if you're on that when you register.

Please wait until your spot is confirmed before booking flights.

The NZDFA covers the cost of:

  • the programme
  • evening function meal
  • ground transport for attendees flying in

You'll have to cover the costs of:

  • accommodation
  • breakfasts
  • travel to/from Christchurch and transport between venues if you aren't flying in
  • flights if needed

Remember to have a talk to your local branch to see if they're able to support you to attend and get behind this great initiative.



Lynnford Farm
161 Lynnford Road, Hinds
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Hotel Ashburton
11/35 Racecourse Road, Allenton, Ashburton 
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Smoke Ashburton (Dinner venue)
231 Cameron Street, Ashburton
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Northbank Station
End of Northbank Road, Rakaia (in the deer yards)
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Dunsandel Community Centre
1456 Tramway Road, Dunsandel 
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Day 1 - Thursday 3rd August

9:00am - Meet at Lynnford Farm (approx. 20mins from Ashburton/1 hr 30 mins from CHCH)
9:00am - Morning Tea | Thanks to sponsor PGG Wrightson
9:15am - Welcome/overview
9:45am - Session 1 - Elk Wapiti Society Q&A (EWSNZ, Assure Qual, Dave Lawerence, Jamie Ward)
12:00pm - Lunch | Thanks to sponsor Provelco
1:00pm - Travel to Hotel Ashburton
1:30pm - Session 2 - CWC DFA – Deer Industry Opportunities (NZDFA Canterbury/West Coast Branch)

  • Financial – Options, what are there? (Ben Early, ANZ finance manager)
  • New entrant to deer industry – What, where, how, why? (Fergus Wakelin, Velvet farmer)
  • Management – from entry to management (Jamie and Lee Lamb, Managers, Rooney Farms Ltd)

3:30pm - Afternoon tea | Thanks to sponsor VetEnt
4:00pm - Wrap up
6:00pm - Dinner

Day 2 - Friday 4th August

8:30am - Travel to Northbank Station (approx. 30 mins from Ashburton)
9:00am - Session 3 - Northbank Station (Adam Waite)
10:15am - Travel to Dunsandel Community Centre
10:30am - Morning tea | Thanks to sponsor Ravensdown
10:45am - Session 4 - Mountain River Venison (John Sadler, Rob Millar)
11:25am - Session 5 - Achieving Elk meat and larger carcass supply (Sharon McIntyre, Jamie Ward)
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Session 6 - Velvet overview (Daniel Jenkins, Provelco)

  • Basics of velvet business from farm to market
  • Influence of growing, cutting etc on product value
  • Basic $$ returns on farming for velvet

1:45pm - Session 7 - Future Farmers (Coleridge Downs)
3:00pm - Afternoon tea
3:15pm - Overview and wrap up
3:30pm - Those catching flights to depart to the airport


Some transport will be provided on the 3rd between Christchurch airport and Ashburton for attendees who need to fly into Christchurch depending on arrival times (all other attendees will need to provide their own transport).

For your arrival flight, we suggest booking a flight that arrives before 7:40am on Thursday 3rd August or the night before.

For your return flight, we suggest booking a flight that departs after 6.00pm on Friday 4 August.

If you are booking flights, please let us know the flights you're intending to be on before booking so we can check if they match up to ground transport times.


Attendees are responsible for paying for their own accommodation.

Limited rooms (single/twin/double occupancy) have been reserved at Hotel Ashburton for Thursday 3rd August for $145 per night and you must pay on arrival. The rooms are on hold until 4th July.

To book, please email or call Reservations Manager, Rachel Wilson 03 307 8887 or and mention you are attending the NZDFA Next Generation programme. 

Once rooms are booked up at Hotel Ashburton, you will need to organise accommodation elsewhere.


Thanks to our amazing sponsors


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