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The Post November 2023

A Strong Year for Deer

Welcome to the November edition of The Post. This month, we focus on the deer industry, the demand for venison and velvet, and the unique benefits of adding deer to a farming operation for diversification. We visited High Peak Station in Canterbury, as Hamish Guild showed us around their family’s 3,700-hectare property dedicated to deer, sheep and beef farming, along with guiding hunting, fishing and skiing adventures – making it the perfect place for exploring the outdoors.

In sunny Blenheim, we got the opportunity to catch up with Tony and Chase Pruden as they showed us how to install a box stay assembly on a deer fence for The Whale Project, an exciting new bike and walking trail in the South Island.

Grant Charteris and his family are based in Tikokino, Hawke’s Bay, where they farm deer, sheep and beef on 327 hectares of hill country. Dedicated and passionate about their on-farm genetics, Grant has been following in his father’s footsteps to make their 70-year family property a great success, using deer velvet and their genetics as the way forward.

It’s another year of Gumboot Friday! On the 3rd of November, individuals and groups across the country will participate in this event, wearing gumboots to raise awareness and funds for free counselling services for young people, 25 years and under. All Goldpine stores nationwide hold ‘The Annual Goldpine Gumboot Throw’ that gives the community an opportunity to come together to support a great cause.

Our State of the Industry article for this month focuses on deer. We talk to key leaders and individuals within the industry as they share their thoughts and experiences.

We intend to continue supplying you with the best stories, activities and techniques in agriculture. If you have anything that you would like us to share, please get in touch.