Donald Whyte, Owner
Position: Farm owner and Team Leader
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 one of New Zealand’s biggest deer farms farming 5,000 deer. He has a passion for progress, and the Whyte Farming enterprise now also runs an Angus beef stud, a fine wool half-bred sheep flock and a red velvet herd, alongside world class Elk and Fallow deer herds.
Leigh Whyte, Owner
Position: Farm owner, chief financial officer
About Leigh and Donald started Whyte Farming company together, and Leigh has been hands on with the business since its inception. She manages all of the businesses finances, as well as working on the farm as required, and being Granny to her three grandchildren.
Ryan Hussey, General Manager
Position: General Manager, Stud Manager
About Ryan is currently based at Hakatere, where he is general manager. He provides mentoring and support to both the Hakatere/Mt Possession Station and Alford Forest Farms. His broad experience and intuitive understanding of the complex farming systems are a valuable asset to the WFC business.
Regan and Angela Blair
Position: Farm Managers Parkhurst
Regan has worked for WFC for 12 years, and within this time, married Donald and Leigh's daughter Angela. Together they now have three children and run their own farm at Parkhurst.
Position: Finishing Farm Manager
Glen leases Alford Forest, the WFC finishing unit. They finish 1400 venison weaners annually, alongside lambs, steers and other stock.
Position: Deer Stock Manager
Scott is based at Edendale, and works alongside Donald managing the main deer unit.
Position: Machinery Manager
Jamie has responsibility for the running of the WFC machinery fleet. Coordinating and maintaining all of the trucks, tractors, drilling, spraying and cultivating equipment, as well as planting and harvesting of crops, grass, and other feed.