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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.




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.

The Herefords all sold exceptionally well with the Horned Herefords averaging $6620 and the Polled Herefords averaging $5355. 

It was the first time that the Hains have offered Angus bulls for sale and Sam and Gemma couldn’t be happier with the average of $4740.  Lot 26, the top price, was purchased by Tennant McNeil for $5000. 

The new selling facility was complemented by all and worked perfectly for the sale.  The bulls were notably comfortable in the surroundings and came through the ring exceptionally well. 

The beef prepared by Gisborne chef Mark Gardner was enjoyed by all following the sale.  As a token of the vendor’s appreciation, buyers received a voucher for a meal for two at Mark’s Colosseum Banquet and Bistro restaurant.

The Hain team are delighted with the result and sincerely thank all buyers, under bidders, staff, friends and family for making the first sale at Waikura such a positive and memorable one.  

Photos of the sale will be loaded shortly.

Sam and Gemma Hain before the sale


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