Caberfeidh: Clarifying the impact of genetics vs feeding vs mana
Caberfeidh is one of eight properties operated by Lone Star Farms – a large privately-owned sheep and beef farming enterprise totalling 140,000 stock units and based predominantly in the South Island. The enterprise is effectively run as one operation and concentrates on sheep breeding and prime lamb production.
Mendip Hills: Good genetics represent good value for money
Mendip Hills is a 6130 hectare property – 5300 hectares effective – 20 minutes north of Cheviot. The rolling to high country property is owned by the Black family and supported by two irrigated blocks (180 hectares nearby at Spotswood and 150 hectares at Longbeach, south of Ashburton). Mendip Hills is managed by Simon Lee (pictured) and the total operation winters nearly 40,000 sheep, deer and beef stock units.
Rangitaiki Station: Does money spent on expensive genetics pay off
Rangitaiki Station is a Landcorp Farming property, situated on the Napier-Taupo Road. The station’s 8350 effective hectares are nearly all flat and carry 83,000 stock units. At 700 metres above sea level, cold hard winters dictate much of the farm’s policy.
Tautane Station: Breeding values and type both have role to play
Ngati Kahungunu owned Tautane Station sits on the North Island’s East Coast near Pongaroa and is leased by the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre. Taratahi is already involved in the objective comparison of sheep genetics through the B+LNZ Genetics Central Progeny Test, which includes a site on its Koromiko Station property in the Wairarapa. Now, Taratahi is stepping up to also take on the beef equivalent, as one of five properties involved in the new B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Test.
Whangara Farms: Using breeding values to target specific beef pe
Whangara Farms is a partnership between two Maori incorporations, Whangara B5 and Pakarae A, based 30 kilometres north of Gisborne. It totals 7100 hectares, supporting 70,000 stock units, including 1600 mixed-age breeding cows and 32,500 ewes.