Henry interviews Di and Ross Lawrence who run a business selling deer antler velvet in their retirement.
Before Di and Ross retired, they ran a deer farm. Di worked part-time as a bookkeeper and Ross ran the farm. As they got older, they knew they would have to leave their farm as it became too much work for them to maintain. Ross even got pretty seriously injured. In 2014, they decided it was time to sell.
Henry talks with them about the transition from farm life to life in the suburbs. It was an easy transition for them. They bought their home before they sold their farm. Ross and Di downsized their belongings. They were prepared for it. It was, however, difficult for Ross to leaving the animals he had taken care of for so long.
Ross knew he wanted to stay in touch with the deer industry after he retired. He already had a small online business selling deer antler velvet products and he decided he would continue that business in his retirement.
What is Deer Antler Velvet?
Deer antler velvet is the entire immature antler. It is harvested before it calcified to its normal state. Once they remove the antlers they do grow back each year. It has been used for thousands of years as a food product. It is also used in Chinese medicine to promote good health and is used as a natural remedy for a wide variety of things. Henry talks with Di and Ross about their business and the various uses for their product.
Di and Ross haven’t only been “working” in their retirement. Di has been enjoying getting her new home together. She has been able to catch up on sewing, reading, and she has been able to start doing more walking. Ross has plans to start golfing and they have been doing some traveling. All of those things we don’t usually have time to do before we retire.
If you would like to contact the Lawrence’s, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find them on the internet at www.deerfarm.com.au. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deervelvetantler
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