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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.

Read the full report

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.

 

 

 

Hogget scanning results and general farm update

Approximately 1000 ewe hoggets came through the yards yesterday achieving a sound scanning percentage of 73%.  Sam Hain was pleased with the performance and says this will give the business plenty of hogget lambs to sell this year.

The stud cows are Waikura are due to start calving at any time with the official due date of the AI cows being 20th August.  The early cows have been drafted out and are running behind a hot wire until they calve.  The calves are weighed and tagged at birth recorded on computer in the paddock and then mother and calf are put across the hot wire onto fresh pasture.

Despite already receiving our average annual rainfall for the year, the rising one year bulls are looking good.  They are currently being break fed a Brassica crop in a hill country paddock that we aerially seeded.

The early ewes have finished lambing and they appear to have lambed very well with minimal losses.  Docking of these lambs will be done as soon as some fine weather comes our way.

We have received a significant amount of enquiry so far for our facial eczema tolerant sale rams which is very pleasing.  The ram hoggets are looking very well and are due to be tested for facial eczema tolerance in a few weeks using the Ramguard testing at Ruakura.  This year the rams will be tested at a rate of 5.6 and this will be our 28th year of testing at Waikura.


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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