Staying ahead of the game is the aim for this year’s Deer Industry Conference that will be held at Timaru’s Caroline Bay Hall from 15 to 17 May.
Included in the interesting and packed conference programme are four keynote speakers. Speaking on the conference theme of Staying Ahead of the Game will be futurist Craig Rispin, Rabobank animal protein and sustainable analyst Blake Holgate, former Zespri chief executive Lain Jager, New Zealand special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen and Ecologic Foundation executive director Guy Salmon.
The New Zealand Deer Farmer Association (NZDFA)’s 43rd AGM will take place on the morning of 15 May and will be followed by a technical session, including updates from DEEResearch and the Passion2Profit Primary Growth Partnership programmes.
Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor is expected to open the proceedings on the Wednesday morning, which is the main venison focus of the event. Presentations from Holgate, Jager, Deer Industry NZ venison marketing manager Nick Taylor will be followed by the venison exporters panel. The afternoon’s session will focus on velvet.
A tour of the iconic Mount Peel and Mesopotamia Stations in the Rangitata Valley, hosted by the NZDFA South Canterbury/North Otago branch, is on offer on 17 May.
If you haven’t managed to register yet, there are still some spaces. For those who can’t make it, the conference will be livestreamed, once again.