Hawkes Bay Progressive & Originals "Deer - DNA, DeerSelect & Drones"
Farmers from far and wide gathered at the historic Cornwall Cricket club grounds in Hastings on 27 March for the first part of the “but wait, there’s more!” Hawkes’ Bay Progressives and Originals Advance Party (AP) Regional Workshops. AP facilitator Anyika Scotland led a well planned three-hour session, which covered all the bases concerning DNA testing, Deer Select and some practical pointers on paddock pairing of hinds and fawns.
- DINZ Deer Select Manager Sharon McIntyre, who combines a practical deer farming background with professional interest in genetics, was the key speaker. First, she took the group through the basics of DNA and DNA testing. Explaining the differences between the older micro-satellite parentage testing, which linked fawns with sires through a process of elimination, and the newer genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology, McIntyre described the practicalities of taking ear-punch samples for DNA testing.
- Famers discussed pro and cons of fawn pairing, DNA profiling, Drone spotting, and using DeerSelect to record genetic merit.
Deer Industry News provided a summary of the day. Click on the link below.