Our original bloodlines were sourced in the 1980’s and 1990’s and are based mainly on King Richard, a recognised champion sire, from Festl Park in Germany. We then crossed these German genetics with Fredrich to introduce Hungarian bloodlines to further enhance the venison growth rates and velvet production in our hind base. Our stud started recording pedigrees by tagging our first fawns at birth from November 1995.
In 2001 we initiated our first AI (Artificial Insemination) Programme, to introduce genetics from best in class sires. In addition, in 2004 we undertook our first Embryo Transfer (ET) Programme, identifying and multiplying the best genetics from our herd.
In 2008 we purchased the Stanfield Eastern European Red Deer stud, to strategically add substantial venison and antler enrichment to our breeding programme.
To add further venison depth to our hind base we then purchased the Doncaster Red Deer herd in 2012.
In 2015, in conjunction with Mt Hutt Station, we travelled throughout Europe and England to hand select World Leading Red Deer. After purchasing a number of stags, they were consolidated to England for further farming, where semen collection was undertaken for shipment back to our home farm in New Zealand.
Further, in 2018 we purchased the finest Woburn New Zealand herd, from Henrietta Dowager Duchess of Bedford. The stunning herd was originally sourced from the family’s English Estate, one of the oldest managed deer herds in the world, dating back 100’s of years.
As indicated by this brief historical insight, our dedication and investment (and that of other breeders whose herds we have purchased), is illustrative of our commitment to both the industry, and more specifically the ongoing development of our hind base.
Located in beautiful Southland, New Zealand is the Wilkins Deer Stud. Since arriving in the 1860’s, the Wilkins family are proud to call the vast pastures and hillsides that run alongside the Mataura River of this spectacular location home.
The Wilkins Farming stud has been breeding deer for over five decades. Our breeding herd are run over two properties containing both extensive tussock and over-sown hills, and productive flat land to ensure they are performance tested in both environments.
Committed to the deer industry, we believe in combining our considerable expertise and experience, with innovation and cutting-edge technology.
Our superior herd of over 1500 DNA tested and fully recorded hinds, is a result of our absolute unwavering commitment to our strategy and vision for over 50 years. Investing in the best genetics and application of world leading technology has resulted in numerous record-breaking successes such as:
We are driven by success to remain the top performers in our field, proudly standing behind our product.
Our aim is to produce a high value animal with a venison focus, from an efficient maternal weight hind using the latest technology and best genetics available.
To achieve this, we use world leading genetics and combine them with performance measures such as ultrasound scanning, CT scanning, DEERSelect, progeny testing and DNA testing.
Through recording key trait data, it is easier to mate the right hind to the appropriate stag to achieve specific breeding goals. During the selection process, we are constantly reviewing breed values, bloodlines and performance to date.
Our venison breeding programme employs the following foundations;