615 ha of steep hill-country ridges and gullies, easy sloping intermediate terraces to river flats and fans. 490 hectares effective.
5500 Livestock Units – 2150 Breeding Ewes, (Since 2015/2016) replacements are bought in;
120 cows, with total cattle wintered 350, including finishing bulls.
Employs Farm Manager, and casual General Fencer; Supervised by a consultant in association with a farm management committee consisting of experienced local farmers and the Board chair and farm manager.
Beef fattening unit and crops on flats and rolling pumice fans
Over 70 fenced paddocks with central lane
Majority Steep land - Mahoenui & Hangaroa silt loam, very affected by past land-slide producing storms
Hill country - Poukawa silt loam, Gisborne loam sand
Intermediate terraces – Mohaka loamy sand
Flats - Waihirere silt loam, Waipaoa sandy loam, Awamate silt loam
3.5 ks roading tracks, Northern lanes access, main ridgeline central lane
Water scheme from Waitahora stream to central tanks, and Clydebank Water Supply Scheme Member (Kauhauroa paddocks)
Mean rainfall: 1450mm p.a., summer temps ave.19°C, winter 9°C
Lambing 115-140 percent; terminal/blackface sires over whole flock; most lambs sold store.
Calving 85-95 percent; about 20 weaner heifers are sold and the remaining weaners kept as herd replacements or finished.
Trading bulls are generally purchased as yearlings with the aim of finishing before their second winter (at 18-20 months). Often some are replaced with lighter cattle of the same age to kill the following year.