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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.

 

 

 

Hill Country Angus

Hains Angus

Specialists in quality beef production

The Breeding Program

We (Sam and Gemma Hain) established our Angus herd in 2009 with the purchase of some top Otoka heifers from the notable Minnie, Anne and Bronwyn families.  Since then we have made several more purchases of in calf heifers and cows from Otoka.

We are continuing to build our herd numbers and will continue to do so until we reach the level that satisfies the market demand for black bulls and while ever the Angus cattle are making a positive contribution to the performance and profitability of our business. 

In breeding our Angus cattle we are applying the same selection pressures and objectives that are applied to the Hereford stud, whereby we have identified that longevity and fertility are the key drivers for our overall business.  Therefore, we are looking for cows that consistently wean a good calf each year.

To date we have used AI extensively in our herd as a great way to access top genetics without having to make a significant financial outlay for a top bull for a relatively small herd size.  We have used a combination of proven bulls such a Turihaua Crumble Y167 and some exciting new bulls that combine solid EBV’s with outstanding physical characteristics such as Stokman Dash G89 and Kakahu Mission 1036.

What we have learnt about profitability in our commercial herd has governed the decisions we make in our stud herd.   We manage the stud cows in a way that exposes them to the same pressures as any commercial operation.  We know that this will produce us a line of cows that are fertile, docile, and efficient and that will perform under all conditions.

The bulls that we offer for sale are a sound reflection of this and are bred on the hills for a working life not a sale day.   

We are Hill Country Angus, Hains Angus, specialists in quality beef production.  Take your business ahead by minimising your risk and maximising your production with bulls from Hains Angus.

 

 

Sam and Gemma Hain
06 867 8097
sam.gemma.hain@gmail.com
Sid and Merran Hain
06 862 8096
s_hain@xtra.co.nz