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Rachel Worth – Farm services officer

With a nurse mother and accountant father, Rachel Worth had to rely on Dunedin school friends to spend time on farms as a kid. Now, aged 27, she has 400 mixed aged hinds, 120 R2s, 150 R3s and R4s plus weaners and 13 stags to take care of at AgResearch’s world-leading deer research unit at Invermay near Dunedin. Employed as ... Read More »

James Hudson – Deer farm manager

James Hudson is 100% focused on velvet and is swimming against the tide; building deer numbers while others are slimming down herds. The 25-year-old is deer manager on the Hudson family’s South Canterbury property, Oakley. He’s has been at the helm since 2009 when he came home from Lincoln University with his Dippy (Diploma in Agriculture). The job includes managing ... Read More »

Kurt Haldane – Velvet grader

Think velvet and you might conjure up 1970s lounge suites and ugly pantsuits. But for a select group of people, velvet is all about the soft stuff on stags heads. Grading deer velvet is an uncommon job but a rewarding one. The velvet cutting season runs from October through to late May, and during this time millions of dollars worth ... Read More »

Grant Charteris – Velvet farmer

Velvet farmer Grant Charteris is excited about the size of the prize from the deer industry’s Productivity Improvement Programme (PIP) and thinks the potential gains are highly achievable. He should know; he and his wife, Sally, with input from his father Bruce have lifted the reproduction rates and velvet production on their Central Hawke’s Bay velvet farm substantially over the ... Read More »

Tahi Doonan – Deer Farmer

A couple of years ago Tahi Doonan could easily build a deer shed but couldn’t really tell you what to do with it. Now he has his deer velveting licence, a team of dogs and is managing 500 hectares for his wife’s family. He plans to move from velvet to venison production and is confidently planning alterations to the farm ... Read More »

Hamish and Simon Guild – Deer farmers

The Guild brothers have both built careers on the home station High Peak. And it’s all because of deer. Hamish farms deer for venison and velvet while Simon uses the resulting stags as the showpiece in the trophy hunting venture. These Canterbury lads share a passion for the outdoors and deer but each is carving his own niche. Hamish, the ... Read More »

Pauline Patullo – Deer farmer

It’s a bit of a juggle but Pauline Pattullo reckons she’s got the best of both worlds. As well as fulfilling a dream job as livestock genetics manager for Wilkins Farming, a diverse northern Southland farming business, she co-manages the family’s Banks Peninsula Peraki Station property and trains harness racing horses. Pauline, 25, works at least two days a week ... Read More »