- Review Winter/Spring
- Breeding the ideal hind – John Rendel and David Stevens, AgResearch
- Sales strategy and Firstlight trials.
Discussions will include
- Managing the hind during lactation
- Good Management Practices for Deer Farmers
- Land and Regional Water Plans
- Velvet update
- Review of summer on farm
- Early lactation and weaner growth
- Animal Health plans
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
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
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
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
- View Hinds Mating Management (and scanning)
- 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
Time: Arrive 10.30 am at farm, Wharepapa Sth for 11.00 am start.
Property:Te Awamutu Station, Brian & Jacqui Wellingtons
11.00 am: Brian – welcome and review of present farm situation
11.15 am: Farm tour – view the stock and pastures after the drought
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
FOCUS FARM FIELD DAY
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