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Velvet Antler Research New Zealand
The New Zealand velvet industry is a significant - and growing - export earner. To answer questions about the composition, efficacy and safety of deer velvet, significant research has been carried out in the last 30 or 40 years.
Research in New Zealand
AgResearch has carried out most research in New Zealand relating to velvet antler composition and efficacy.
Velvet Antler Research New Zealand (VARNZ) is a joint venture between Deer Industry New Zealand (DINZ) and AgResearch Ltd. It was established in 1994 with the twin objectives of:
Undertaking research on deer velvet and co-products and
Controlling and managing the outputs of such work for the benefit of the New Zealand deer industry
Research by both New Zealand and other countries has been undertaken in the following areas:
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