Focus Farm Event Calendar

North Canterbury Focus farm day @ Zino Brothers
Oct 18 @ 11:30 pm – Oct 19 @ 4:00 am
  • Review Winter/Spring
  • Breeding the ideal hind – John Rendel and David Stevens, AgResearch
  • Sales strategy and Firstlight trials.
South Canterbury/North Otago Focus Farm Field day @ Clayton Station
Dec 5 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 3:45 am

Discussions will include

  • Managing the hind during lactation
  • Good Management Practices for Deer Farmers
  • Land and Regional Water Plans
  • Velvet update
Canterbury Focus farm Field day @ Zino Brothers
Feb 7 @ 11:15 pm – Feb 8 @ 4:00 am


  • Review of summer on farm
  • Early lactation and weaner growth
  • Animal Health plans


SC Focus farm day at Downlands deer @ Downlands Deer Yards
Feb 25 @ 11:30 pm – Feb 26 @ 3:30 am

The key topic of the day is ‘venison finishing farm performance, how do we stack up’

The day will include

  • a property tour looking at the fertiliser programme and new pasture establishment, focussing on weaner deer performance and pasture quality.
  • ProGibb – what are the benefits and where to use? Mike Cox, Nufarm
  • Market Update


Northern Regions Focus farm – Wellingtons @ Wharepapa Sth Hall
Mar 13 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 14 @ 2:30 am

11.00 am: Brian – Review of present farm situation

11.30 am: Mike Woods – What gains have been made and what can still be had?

12.30 pm: break for lunch

1.15 pm:  Farm tour – view the pastures after the “summer dry spell” and check the new deer shed extensions and weigh area, as well as looking over the new weaners from the AI program.

Discussion: What changes have you made on your own property and what results have been achieved. Come armed with some hard data for the discussion.

3.00 pm – afternoon tea at woolshed.

3.15 pm: Clive Bingham Pfizer – autumn is coming; what is effective sustainable and cost effective for parasite control? Come prepared to discuss your own parasite management.

4.00 pm NAIT – opportunities and issues around implementation and compliance. Discussion with the help of Gallaghers and Zee tag reps

5.00 pm:  Drinks and BBQ at woolshed

Hawkes Bay Monitor Farm open day
Mar 21 @ 11:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 4:00 am

Beef + Lamb NZ Hawkes Bay Monitor farm. Owned by Craig Hickson and managed by Colin and Denise Davis, the 1400ha property runs sheep, beef and deer.

Field day details to come by in the meantime, please contact the programme facilitator for more information: email Ben Harker at AgFirst or call him on 06 872 7070

Canterbury Focus Farm Fielday @ Flaxmere Woolshed
Apr 18 @ 12:00 am – 4:45 am

Focus of the Day

  • Stag Management
  • Setting up for Spring – key points to consider
  • Review of Meat Yield Trial


Meet at Woolshed for lunch and Networking

  • Introduction to day and review spring and summer -Sam Zino and Wayne Allan
  • Reproduction    – Getting the best from Ultrasound Scanning
    -Stag Management, before and after the Roar-Geoff Asher – AgResearch

Farm Tour – 1.30 pm

Kanuka Downs

  • View Hinds Mating Management (and scanning)
    -Winter Management
  • Progress on the Farm Environmental Plan (James Hoban – ECAN)


  • View Weaners – Autumn Liveweight Gains
    – Feed Budget and spring target covers

 Return to Woolshed

  • Yield Trial Results
  • Conclude discussions and close

At the end of the day a barbeque will be supplied by Mountain River with
refreshments supplied by the Canterbury Branch of the DFA.

Hosts:Sam and Mark Zino

Deer Industry Conference 2013 @ Amora Hotel, Wellington
May 22 – May 24 all-day

For more details got to

Wellingtons Focus farm @ on farm, Wharepapa South
Jul 10 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 11 @ 4:30 am

Time: Arrive 10.30 am at farm, Wharepapa Sth for 11.00 am start.

Property:Te Awamutu Station, Brian & Jacqui Wellingtons

Programme outline:

11.00 am: Brian – welcome and review of present farm situation

11.15 am: Farm tour – view the stock and pastures after the drought

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm:  Mike Woods – summary of Wellington farm drought response and impact on productivity and profitability.

2.30pm: Afternoon tea

3.00pm: Discussion in groups: What drought responses have you made on your own property and what results have been achieved. What were Brian’s options and possible outcomes of these options. Come armed with some hard data for the discussion.

4.30 pm: Drinks and BBQ at woolshed


South Canterbury North Otago Field day
Aug 29 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am

Date: Thursday 29th August
Time: 1pm – 5 pm
Property name: Stu and Julie Stokes

Address: 409 Dalethorpe Rd, Sheffield

Notes: 4 Wheel Drives Please

The day will conclude with a BBQ at the Sheffield Rugby Club

Key Focus for the Day:

  • Innovative Deer Farming
  • Forage options for deer
  • Land and Water Update