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Deer price trends
More strong schedule rises as prices move closer to the $8/kg level many farmers suggest is a minimum for spring chilled returns.
Deer Industry NZ states that the US is now the top market for chilled production, surpassing the traditional German market as the destination of value, and proving successful the strategy to diversify export countries.
Last year the schedules were peaking at this stage but with demand strong and contract pricing still well ahead of the spot market, farmers will be looking for more upside yet.
A milder winter and early spring will be helpful for those focused on reaching maximum numbers for the end of October deadline for chilled venison production.
Velvet growth also responds well to good feed and milder weather and soon early north island heads will be being harvested for the first crop of a new season.
Marketers are quietly optimistic about this seasons prospects and a belief that more product could be handled by buyers will give producers optimism to lift production.
Trends show that the spring chilled schedule is in full swing and producers will be hoping for more movements until its shipping deadline in October.
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