Timeline of a typical year at DGNZ

 

Summer

 

Summer is the buisiest time for us at DGNZ. Here are some of the things that are happening on the farm:

  • We have our annual deer sales in December and January.

  • We are busy scoring and assessing our 5yr trophy stags and their genetic lines.

  • Kelly is busy travelling New Zealand collecting and buying velvet from farmers.

  • Our fawns are tagged and DNA tested.

Tagging fawns and DNA testing
Tagging fawns and DNA testing

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freezer full of velvet
freezer full of velvet

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Truck load of antlers
Truck load of antlers

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Tagging fawns and DNA testing
Tagging fawns and DNA testing

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Timeline of a typical year at DGNZ

 

Autumn

 

After the boom of the summer, the velveting is done and the stags enter the yearly roar. Here are some things happening on the farm in Autumn:

  • Stags are in the roar and split into paddocks with hinds selected to mate with.

  • Semen is collected from our top sires and we begin our Artificial Insemination (AI) programm.

  • We also begin our domestic Embryo Transplanting program (ET). We select  donor hinds, make and transplant their premium genetic cross embryos to recipient hinds.

  • Export embryos are frozen in liquid nitrogen awaiting export.

ET team 2019
ET team 2019

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Embryo Transplanting 2019
Embryo Transplanting 2019

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Embryo Transplanting
Embryo Transplanting

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ET team 2019
ET team 2019

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Timeline of a typical year at DGNZ

 

Winter

 

In winter we focus on crops and stock management!

  • Our animals are on winter feed so that means a lot of shifting breaks, feeding out balaege and grains.

  • The roar is finished and that means it's time for pregnancy scanning.

Winter crops
Winter crops

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Don cutting feeding lines
Don cutting feeding lines

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balage feed for winter
balage feed for winter

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Winter crops
Winter crops

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Timeline of a typical year at DGNZ

 

Spring

 

Spring brings rain and sunshine for DGNZ farms. At this time of the year we are busy:

  • Planting our winter crops, including: rape, fodder beet, grasses and kale.

  • Hinds are fawing in our gullys where they have privacy and shelter.

  • We begin to assess our trophy stags and velvet our growing stags.

Craig checking the new crops
Craig checking the new crops

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Planting and spraying winter crops
Planting and spraying winter crops

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Cutting velvet
Cutting velvet

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Craig checking the new crops
Craig checking the new crops

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