Ringing the Changes

The back story of Melior Venison is detailed in Country-Wide June 2022. Part 1 of 2 articles written by Lynda Gray provides some interesting reading.

Growth BVs really do get in

Here's a great piece by Phil Stewart, Deer Industry News editor in the latest Deer Industry News Issue 105 December/January 2021. This is a follow-up to his earlier story in late 2019 (see our News piece entitled "On Farm Proof for Breeding Values will soon get real").

Genetics have always been close to our hearts

“Genetics have always been close to our hearts. With this business we decided to focus on venison, so weight at 12 months is the key factor for us. “We want to get weaners heavy, early so we have the flexibility to send them off early…

Tagine of venison

by Chef Graham Brown Preparation: 30 mins Time to cook: 1 hour Ingredients 1 kg diced venison from shoulder or leg 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil Two large Tbsp Moroccan spice rub/Harrissa 2 pinches saffron threads 1/4 tspn turmeric 2…

On-farm proof for breeding values will soon get real

by Phil Stewart, Deer Industry News Editor Three commercial venison producers will soon be starting to see the impact of breeding values (BVs) within their own herds when the 2019 fawning season gets under way. EACH FARM IS using a pair of…

“The older you get, the less you know”

The 2019 NZDFA Next Generation programme was hosted at Haldon Station in the Mackenzie Country on 26 August and featured a valuable workshop on Succession Planning – a topic that is in hot demand by Next Generation attendees. This coverage…

Rapid development and deer expansion at Melior Venison

Day two of this year’s Next Generation Programme saw delegates descend from the Mackenzie Basin to Melior Venison, an 800-hectare partially irrigated property east of Fairlie where Tom and Samantha Macfarlane with Tim and Sarah Turner plus…