Black Forest Park was established in 1980 with 141ha at McDonald Rd Outram (just 5 minutes from Dunedin Airport) it was early days in the NZ Deer Industry with breeding hinds in particular expensive and in short supply. However the intention was always to breed high quality genetically superior deer. The opportunity came with the importation of Stags and hinds from renowned Festl Park in Munich in 1985. Sons of the famous stag King Richard were introduced and an intense fully recorded breeding program began. Later European and English Park deer were introduced.
As the new technologies of AI and embryo transfer were available they were embraced – rapid progress was made and many Industry leading deer were produced for the Industry. Stags such as Kabul, Kurgan, and Bendigo are well known Sires instrumental in improving the performance of the Venison herd also over the years many of the Blackforest Sires have won National Velvet prizes and the herd is also known for being a prolific producer of leading trophy genetics Stags - such as Brusnik, Salvador, Columbia and Starr to name a few.
Black Forest has also operated a specialist velvet and trophy property at Clinton since 1996 which produces over 3 tonnes of quality velvet per year and up to 100 trophy stags for the Safari market.
In 2003 a large Deer selling and hospitality complex was built at Outram where annual deer sales are held.