A training course in how to manage and handle farmed deer has
been developed, with a pilot run starting in Southland next
For several years, training opportunities had been very
limited so a 12-month level 3 training course had been
developed to ''fill the gap'', Deer Industry New Zealand
(DINZ) producer manager Tony Pearse said.
A pilot block course is being held at Netherdale deer stud at
Balfour on April 9, followed by one in South Canterbury in
the spring. After that course ended, there would be courses
in the North and South Islands in response to a hopefully
increasing demand, Mr Pearse said.
The course was being managed by the Primary ITO and presented
by Agribusiness Training Ltd, with assistance from DINZ
staff, deer farmers and veterinarians.
It would provide the theoretical and practical knowledge
people working on farms needed to farm deer safely,
efficiently and profitably. Students would receive a New
Zealand Certificate in Agriculture (livestock husbandry,
There will be a three-day block training course, followed by
a second course after six months. Block courses would include
formal tuition in deer behaviour, nutrition, breeding and
genetics, deer health and management, visits to deer farms
and hands-on experience.
Participants will be able to apply what they have learned
while working on a deer farm where they will be assessed by a
Primary ITO tutor. On-farm assessments will make up 80% of
Block course fees will be 60% supported by sponsorship from
deer industry organisations and service companies.