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Action Station - Country Calendar

To catch a glimpse of life here at Waikura Station you can watch our episode of Country Calendar here

More muscling reduces dark cutting

Exciting new research conducted at Western Australia’s Murdoch University by Peter McGilchrist and his colleagues has shown that increased muscling decreases the incidence of dark cutting.

This research is of significant value when the estimated cost of dark cutting carcases in Australia is around $35 million per year.  “Dark cutting meat is dry to taste, spoils very quickly, has variable tenderness and is very dark in colour,” said Peter McGilchrist. 

If muscling (EMA) is increased to an above average level (greater than 70cm2 for a 250kg carcase) the risk of dark cutting should be greatly minimised.  “To achieve this, producers should utilise sires with an estimated breeding value (EBV) for EMA higher than the average,” Farm Online.

To read the full article, visit The Land Farm Online

Hereford Prime Beef Supreme

Hereford Prime was named Grand Champion Brand at this year's Steak of Origin final event.  It seems that Hereford cattle are the best bet when it comes to achieving consistent unrivalled quality.  Secure yourself a Hereford bull at this year's sale and be part of the breed that is leaping ahead.  Congratulations Bowmont Wholesale Meats.  Visit the Hereford Prime website

Hereford sired cattle more profitable

The value of cross breeding with a Hereford bull has been proven in a recent American research project, where Hereford sired cattle were US$30 per head more profitable.

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Agri Events

Keep up to date and view the latest Agricultural events in and around your region at the NZ Farmers Weekly NZX Agri Events page.

 

 

LATEST UPDATES


30 YEARS OF FACIAL ECZEMA TESTING


2014 marks the 30th year of facial eczema testing here at Waikura Station. This is a significant milestone for Hain Romneys and this year the rams were tested at a rate of 6.1.  
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SOCIAL MEDIA


To keep up to date with everything that is happening on Waikura Station like us on facebook or Follow us on Twitter  
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20 MORE ANGUS FEMALES PURCHASED


We have purchased a further 20 Angus females here at Hains Angus which means that next year we will be calving 50 plus cows.  

SPECIAL DAY TODAY - 40TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY


Founders of Hain Herefords, Sid and Merran Hain today celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. A party this evening to honour this special occasion and I am sure there will be lots of bubbles and laughs with friends and family! Congratulations and enjoy your evening  
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THE GISBORNE HERALD COVERED OUR SALE


Our sale was featured in the Gisborne Herald last week as it was the first for the east coast region, read the article here via the Gisborne Herald website.  
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SOLID BULL SALE AVERAGES $5036


Hain Herefords, Angus and Shorthorns had a solid sale today selling 25 bulls for an average of $5036. There was strong commercial support with the top price of $10000 being paid for lot 2 by the Cave family.  
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PHOTO GALLERIES UPDATED

BULL SALE TUESDAY 4TH JUNE AT 3 PM


Waikura Station, 1620 Pehiri Road, Gisborne. Selling Hereford, Angus and Shorthorn Bulls. The bulls are looking top notch and we feel very proud of the line up  
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RESERVE CHAMPION STEER


Our Hereford x Angus x Shorthorn steer won Reserve Champion last week at Beef Expo an excellent result!

  
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BULL SALE OPEN DAY


Hain Herefords, Angus and Shorthorns will be hosting their bull sale open day on Wednesday 8th May from 2:00 pm.  
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SEMI-FINALISTS IN THE PRESTIGIOUS STEAK OF ORIGIN


The semi-finalists have just been announced for the Steak of Origin and we have made it! 2 of the 5 Hereford heifers that we entered in the British class are part of the top 20% of all entries based on sheer force tenderness testing. Gisborne has great representation in the semi's must be a great place to raise beef! The next step is to impress the chefs .....  
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NZ EWE HOGGET COMPETITION FINALIST


Hain Romneys have made this year's final of the NZ Ewe Hogget Competition and the judges will be on farm tomorrow. It will be a good way to benchmark ourselves against top farmers across the nation.  
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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR BULL SALE CATALOGUE


Click on the link below to view our bull sale catalogue as an e-book  
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ONLINE BULL SALE CATALOGUES NOW AVAILABLE


Check out our Hereford, Angus and Shorthorn bull sale catalogues  
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FBNZ HOOF & HOOK STEER


Still in his working clothes but a good clip this weekend and he’ll look a million dollars. He is a classic representation of our commercial breeding program Hereford X Angus X Shorthorn  
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PRESERVING THE SILAGE STACK

DESPITE THE DROUGHT IT'S STILL PARADISE


WEANING AT WAIKURA TAKES PLACE 5 WEEKS EARLY


On Friday all the calves both stud and commercial were weaned on Waikura Station. This is about 5 weeks earlier than normal and part of our drought management plan.  
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30 DEGREES YESTERDAY, WAIKURA WATERHOLE A GREAT SPOT FOR THE STAFF DURING THIS LONG HOT SUMMER


RAIN, SO CLOSE YET SO FAR


Some rain would be rather welcome on the East Coast  
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NEW PHOTO GALLERY


Check out the new photo gallery - see link below  
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SALE BULLS WEIGHED AND LOOKING GOOD


The boys weighed the sale bulls this week and they averaged a solid 560kg which means they are slightly ahead of where the bulls were last year. With the very timely rain we had this week they should continue doing the same if not better weights gains.  
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LILLA, SAM, GEMMA AND TOM HAIN


HAIN'S 2 TOOTH EWES SELL FOR $143


Not quite the high prices last year but still a good result for the Hain's Romney ewes at Matawhero on Wednesday. Top price was paid for Coopworth ewes at $160.  
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NEW FACEBOOK PAGE


Hain Herefords, Angus & Romneys have joined facebook. Like us and see what is happening on the station.  
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NZ BEEF PROGRAMME RECEIVES $43.5 MILLION


An exciting meat research programme will receive $43.5 million from the Government over a 7 year period to look at how to add more value to beef carcases.  
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NEW VIDEO GALLERY


We have just set up a video gallery on our website – watch the space as we develop a selection of videos that will create a snapshot of our business.  
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FOLLOW SAM HAIN ON TWITTER


Sam Hain @theofficenz has joined twitter, follow him for a taste of the life at Waikura Station.  
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AI PROGRAM COMPLETE, NEW STAFF MEMBER AND HOGGET'S DOCKED


In the past week at Waikura Station we have completed our AI program, welcomed a new staff member and docked the hogget lambs.  
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NEW SEASON LAMBS $110


Our first lot of new season lambs sent to the works yesterday straight off mum made $110 each. Not quite the highs of last year but still a good price. At 18.6 kg average carcase weight it wont be long until the next few hundred are sold, hopefully the schedule holds firm a little longer.  
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TOP MUSCLE AND FAT SCANNING RESULTS


All 2011 born progeny were muscle and fat scanned this week by Bill and Judy Austin and the stock performed very well. The season has certainly helped matters, with the sale bulls being ahead of where they were last year which is great.  
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$9000 TOP PRICE FOR ROMNEY RAM


FE Gold genetics (facial eczema tolerant) are in hot demand with the top price ram selling for $9000 at the Waimai sale yesterday in Hamilton. The Hain's were the under bidder on this ram and were the purchasers of the second top priced ram for $3200. Congratulations to the Reeves family on a very successful sale.  
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STEAK OF STATION - CAN THE HAIN'S MAKE IT 3 YEARS IN ROW


The Steak of Station competition is two thirds of the way complete at this year's Gisborne show with the final judging component being the taste testing on Friday. With the hoof and hook judging complete the entry of Sid and Merran's is in the lead so watch the space to see if the Hain's can again take the award for best steak in Gisborne.  
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FE GOLD WEBSITE NOW LIVE


Ram buyers can now view the FE Gold website to learn more about the brand and find breeders who have been accepted into the FE Gold program. There is also an advert in the Heartland Sheep magazine on page 34 and a top facial eczema article on page 73.  
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FACIAL ECZEMA GOLD - ELITE GROUP OF FACIAL ECZEMA TOLERANT RAM BREEDERS


Hain Romneys have been accepted into the FE Gold program as one of only 6 Romney breeders in New Zealand.  
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HAIN ROMNEY RAMS SELLING FAST


Demand is strong for facial eczema tolerant rams this year and they are selling fast. Rams are available for private sale by contacting agent Steve Goldsbury or Sam Hain.  
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PROUD TO BE SPONSORING GISBORNE A & P SHOW


Hain Herefords, Angus and Romneys are proud Sponsors of the Dog Trials at the Gisborne A & P Show – come along and watch the events and look out for the bright Hain caps which will be worn by the officials.  
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NEW ADDITION TO THE HAIN FAMILY


Sam, Gemma and Lilla Hain welcomed a son and brother into the world on Friday 17th August. Thomas Carmichael James Hain was born at 11 pm weighing in at a healthy 8lb 15 oz. We are very pleased to have our boy at home.  
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HOGGET SCANNING RESULTS AND GENERAL FARM UPDATE


Approximately 1000 ewe hoggets came through the yards yesterday achieving a sound scanning percentage of 73%.  
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AMAZING ANGUS SALE WEEK IN GISBORNE - 306 BULLS SOLD, GROSS $2.2 MILLION


Wednesday evening the 27th June capped off three incredible days of Angus sales in Gisborne with a top price of $72 000 at the Turiroa sale. The averages and clearances at the 8 sales were tremendous and a real credit to the breeders in this area. There were many stud bulls sold this week with many bulls selling for over $20 000. Congratulations to all vendors.  
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189% - THE BEST EWE SCANNING RESULT YET AT WAIKURA


The season has certainly been with us this year to assist in a fantastic ewe scanning result of 189% in the mixed age ewes. This outstanding result is also testament to our flock having a high level of facial eczema tolerance and sound pasture management in a season of an abundance of grass. The two tooth’s were also pleasing at 172% after all having weaned a lamb as a hogget.  
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NEW PHOTOS POSTED IN BULL SALE GALLERY

Check out the photos from our first on property bull sale here

GISBORNE HERALD ARTICLE


Click on the link below and read the article published in the Gisborne Herald yesterday.  
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FABULOUS INAUGURAL BULL SALE FOR THE HAIN FAMILY


The commercial support was clearly evident at the Hain's bull sale yesterday with a strong overall average of $5877 across all breeds and an excellent clearance. The top price bull, Lot 4 was purchased by commercial buyer Geoff Candy of Gisborne for $9000 who also bought Lot 9 for $6000.  
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HAIN 1ST ON PROPERTY BULL SALE JUST 8 DAYS AWAY


Hain Herefords, Angus and Shorthorns first on property bull sale will be held on Tuesday 5th June at 3:00 pm. 32 bulls will be offered for sale and the catalogues are available online through this website. We look forward to seeing lots of cattlemen and women at Waikura Station on Tuesday (the day after Queens Birthday).  
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SUPER HEREFORD SALE AT BEEF EXPO


Herefords had a super sale at Beef Expo on Tuesday with 100% clearance. 22 bulls were offered through the ring averaging an impressive $8413.64.  
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EXCELLENT BULL SALE OPEN DAY – DESPITE THE WEATHER


The team at Hain Herefords, Angus and Shorthorns thank all those that came yesterday to our bull sale open day and complex opening, it felt like a great start to the bull selling season and we trust you enjoyed the hospitality. The Hereford Prime beef and bluff oysters on offer were thoroughly enjoyed by all on the spacious new deck overlooking the bulls. Despite the heavy rain we were thrilled to still welcome 50 – 60 people to Waikura and we look forward to seeing you all and more on sale day Tuesday 5th June.  

BULL SALE OPEN DAY & SALE COMPLEX OPENING


Hain Herefords, Angus and Shorthorns will be hosting their bull sale open day on Wednesday 9th May from 2:00 pm.  
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SAM & GEMMA BUY AT OTOKA ANGUS DISPERSAL


Hains Angus purchased three cows to a top of $2500 at the recent Otoka disperal in Waikpukurau. These new additions will fit nicely with the Hain herd and are mated to some top sires.  
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WEANING IS DONE AND THE RAMS ARE OUT


The calves are weaned for another year and the weights were great.  
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WE FEATURED IN THE GISBORNE HERALD


The Gisborne Herald has featured us in the Focus on the Land section of Saturday's paper.  
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THE ROLE OF GENOMICS IN OUR BEEF INDUSTRY


Will genomic testing be fundamental for stud cattle breeders in New Zealand in the short, medium or long term? This was a question I found myself asking after reading an article published in the Queensland Country Life newspaper on 14th February 2012 titled “Beef breeders jump on genomics revolution”.  
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WHITEFACE RESURGENCE


Industry observers in the US are witnessing an exciting and clear whiteface resurgence. The Hereford bull sales have just began in America and in the first six weeks price averages have jumped an incredible 25% compared to the same time frame in 2011.  
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INCREDIBLE PREGNANCY SCANNING RESULTS AT THE HAIN'S


The polled Hereford mixed age cows performed to perfection with not one dry amongst them and the mixed age Herefords and Shorthorns followed very closely behind with just one dry in each group. This gave them a remarkable 98% for their mixed age stud cows.  
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FACIAL ECZEMA TOLERANT ROMNEY RAMS FOR SALE


Hain Partnership has facial eczema tolerant rams for sale privately on farm. All rams for sale are twins, Brucellosis tested and veterinary inspected.  
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TOP PRICE ROMNEY RAMS


The Hain’s purchased the top price Romney rams from the recent Waimai ram sale in Hamilton. The $3800 and $3000 rams are very similar to the Hain rams and have been tested at a rate of 5.1 for facial eczema.  
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$150 NEW SEASON LAMBS


The first draft of new season lambs were sold yesterday weighing in at 18.8 kg HCW giving the Hain's a healthy $150.19 per lamb.  
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IT'S ALL IN THE TASTE


Hain Herefords reign supreme in the 2011 Gisborne A & P Show Steak of Station competition.  
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TOP RESULTS IN STEAK OF STATION


Steak of Station hook results have been announced and Hain Herefords shine. Hain Hereford bred steers have been placed 1st, equal 2nd and 3rd in the competition. Taste testing tomorrow to decide the grand champion steer .......  
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OUTSTANDING CARCASE COMPETITION RESULTS


The carcase competition results from around the country speak for themselves.  
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HOGGET PREGNANCY SCANNING


We achieved the best result that our scanner has seen so far this season for hoggets, with a wet dry result of 70%. The scanner also indicated that there was a higher than normal twin rate which will mean more lambs at docking.  
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$161.73 LAMBS


Waikura Station sold 304 homebred romney lambs to Ovation last week weighing in at 21.3kg producing an incredible $161.73.  
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THE HEREFORD ADVANTAGE PAYS DIVIDENDS


Hereford and Hereford cross steers earned an extra $70/head  
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Sam and Gemma Hain
06 867 8097
sam.gemma.hain@gmail.com
Sid and Merran Hain
06 862 8096
s_hain@xtra.co.nz