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My Daily Digest: January 21, 2021

Pandemic hits deer sales hard Deer farmers are being urged to be patient as covid-19 continues to disrupt foodservice across the globe.

High-end venison just isn’t in demand with restaurants either closed or restricted in many key markets.

That reality has been felt at the deer sales across the country this week.

Prices are well back on last year but one deer farmer is urging colleagues to hang in there.

New Zealand venison has a great reputation and the demand will bounce back once the pandemic subsides. 

To capitalise, farmers will need to be ready, which means business as usual in the interim so they can hit the ground running.


Bryan Gibson 


Deer farmers urged to be patient

Canterbury deer farmer Donald Whyte has travelled several times to Europe and North America as the farmer behind his venison brand.



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