Professor Fuhe Yang.
New Zealand and China should be collaborating to
establish an international deer research centre according to a
Speaking at the Deer Industry New Zealand conference in
Methven last week, Professor Fuhe Yang said while some
farmers in China were frightened of New Zealand product and
were trying to restrict it, he favoured co-operation between
the countries as the way forward.
The best scenario would be to establish a joint research
centre to provide scientific and technological support which
could find the real value of velvet in medicine.
Professor Yang, the chairman of the Chinese Deer Farmers'
Association, warned that New Zealand velvet could not be
considered equal to Chinese velvet in traditional Chinese
medicine and would need to be scientifically tested to gain
''As modern people we must be based on science,'' he said.
Possible areas of co-operation between the two countries
could be to explore and determine the bioactive substances
from velvet, testing its efficacy and establishing new
If the demand for velvet and deer products for use in the
medical field grew, China and New Zealand would have to work
together to meet the demand, Professor Yang said.
The knowledge of velvet in Asia was based on its use in
traditional Chinese medicine, with velvet being the number
one animal product used.
Velvet could enhance body activities, enrich the blood and
speed up wound healing.
It had very special biological features and because of this
the ancestors thought it must be unique to human health,
Professor Yang said.
Every body part of the deer was a treasure.
The advantages of deer farming in New Zealand included the
beautiful ecology and ample feed, the main product was
venison complemented by velvet, which was a sensible model,
and it was a reliable and stable market.
Professor Yang praised the co-operation between Deer Industry
New Zealand and the Deer Farmers' Association which provided
a complete management system.
- by Maureen Bishop