Friday, July 1, 2022

For they are jolly good fallows

Fallow deer are more widely known around the world than any other species. Yet here in New Zealand they remain a small player in the industry. With numbers of breeders declining they are never likely to surpass Red deer in number, but their importance as a niche species hasn’t gone unnoticed.

This year the NZ Fallow Deer Society won the Deer Industry NZ Award, recognising the contribution the society has made to the industry over the past 26 years. Vice-president Ian Bristow accepted the award on behalf of the society at a ceremony in Wellington recently.

With practical as well as financial co-operation for research into genetic gain and Johne’s disease control, environmental awareness and education and training of future deer farmers, the society has never shied away from its responsibilities.

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