Canterbury high country farmer Donald Whyte has loved deer since he was a child. When he was young he hunted them, then moved into live helicopter capture and now owns of New Zealand’s biggest deer farms farming 5,000 deer.
Linking with his son and daughter, who each run their own farms, the Whyte family supply 2,000 deer annually to Mountain River Venison.
Deer love the high country, and that is where the hinds give birth to fawns each December. The fawns are weaned in March / April and sent to the low country farm where Donald’s son Glenn raises the deer on the lush plain pastures until they are up to weight for market from October.