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Deer Industry Advertising Feature
Positive outlook expected for industry
By DON WRIGHT
Senior Browns veterinary surgeon and Wapiti breeder
Dave Lawrence and partner Donna Day.
Senior Browns veterinary surgeon and
Wapiti breeder and purist Dave
Lawrence has found ''tinkering
with the species since the 1980's'' a
fascinating exercise at his 40 ha Tikana
property in Central Southland.
He and his partner Donna Day, a
member of a devoted and innovative
farming family, are again preparing for
their upcoming annual sale of home
bred young wapiti bulls at Tikana.
''The future of the deer industry seems
extremely positive,'' he told Farmer.
''There are three principal outlets -
venison, velvet and trophy.''
''Eighty percent of revenue from the
deer industry is derived from venison
and the other 20 percent comes from
hides, velvet and co-products.''
Further, venison would always
maintain its ''brilliantly healthy image''
that was here to stay, he explained.
''It was not as if its type was vulnerable
or likely to deteriorate.
''I don't believe venison's brilliantly
healthy image is fully appreciated
outside of Europe,'' he said.
''The rest of the world has yet to learn
Ninety five percent of breeding hinds
in New Zealand are red deer but
wapiti were used extensively as
More than two thirds of the yearlings killed
for venison were sired by a big wapiti bull
from a small red hind (dam) to create hybrid
Characteristically, red deer were generally
more aggressive and possessed of more
ring craft at combative rutting time when
the laws of nature could be strikingly
illustrated. Many wapiti and deer hunters in
Fiordland have seen red stags whip in and
cut wapiti cows out of the bigger bull's
''Come mating season it is not uncommon
that a 500 kg wapiti bull is dominated by a
red stag half its weight,'' Dave agreed.
''The smaller animal will usually win.''
''Wapiti are creatures of habit.
''We can drive all among them and
sometimes you can hardly get them out of
your way because they are familiar and
relaxed with our vehicles but could become
unsettled when a different vehicle or other
unfamiliar distraction showed up,'' he
In early days pushing them too much
could cause injury at yarding but they
soon adjusted and settled.
''Now it's like walking a mob of cows
Deer have been domesticated in New
Zealand in the last 30 years -- a rarity
among mammals in recent centuries.
Understanding their behaviour and
social structure is essential if wapiti
were to be farmed to maximum
production potential and not to their
''They like to work away from the mob
for more scope and privacy
approaching calving time. In the early
days we thought it was just a signal
they were ready to calve when they
walked fences but they were looking
for more room.''
There was no call in the wild or on
farms to match the piercing sound of a
pure wapiti bull in the bugling season.
Some hunters in deepest Fiordland
have likened it to an express train
arriving at the station.
Dave said a foggy little gully on Tikana
Farm can set the bulls alight in early
So can an early frost.
Wapiti are majestic creatures and Dave
Lawrence can recall paying $20,000 odd for
early imported North American Elk weanling
bulls at six months in the 1980s.
''It was a culture change for them in a new
hemisphere and going straight into a winter
but they adjusted well...It is easy to
become hooked on wapiti.''
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