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New Zealand vets helping farm profit [NZ]

UK – A veterinarian-designed programme is helping farmers to boost their gross farm income and will be discussed at the New Zealand Veterinary Association Sheep, Beef and Deer Conference in Queenstown (3-5 June).

Gross farm income increased by $12.37 per ewe for farmers using the StockCARE system as compared to the farms in the same regions in the Meat and Wool Economic Survey (M&WES).

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Deer farmers confident about velvet future in China

Deer farming was one of those money-making ventures that brought many an Australian farmer unstuck, but those that persevered are now reaping all the rewards it promised decades ago.

Demand for velvet in China is so strong, delegates are flying into regional Australia to try and secure a deal at the farm gate and end of season prices are set at more than $160 per kilogram.

By Danielle Grindlay, ABC Rural

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Deer farmers battling euro headwinds [NZ]

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

The economic jitters of Europe are counting against them and farmers are back to where they were last year, with the meat schedule at a range of $6.20 to $6.45 a kilogram, even though market prices have lifted.

Of some consolation is that velvet prices are up, and this is expected to offset the lower venison returns for farmers with velvet and venison herds.

By Tim Cronshaw, stuff.co.nz

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