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.
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.