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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.

 

 

 

Hain Partnership Business Profile

Hain Partnership is a family owned business that operates Waikura Station, a steep hill country farm west of Gisborne. 

When the station was purchased in 1943 it was heavily covered with re-growth scrub.  This has been progressively removed developing it into a highly productive, picturesque farm with several tracts of native Beech forest.

Waikura Station Statistics

  • 1050 hectares – 850 hectares effective
  • Medium/steep hill country
  • 1200 ml annual rainfall
  • 8500 stock units
  • 50% cattle and 50% sheep
  • Soil type is Taupo pumice on the hill tops with clay sidings
  • Pasture is predominantly ryegrass with some native grasses
  • Fertiliser application is 150kg per hectare per annum

Livestock

Hain Partnership’s core business is commercial sheep and beef farming.  The other integral part of the business however, is the production of Stud Hereford, Shorthorn and Angus Bulls as well as Romney Rams.  

Sheep

  • 2400 breeding Romney ewes
  • 1000 hoggets which lamb as hoggets and only those that produce a lamb enter the breeding program
  • 50 – 100 Romney rams sold privately and at auction per year
  • All sale rams are twins and bred from the facial eczema tolerant flock
  • Our 5 year docking percentage average stands at 142%
  • All surplus lambs fattened on farm

Cattle

  • Large commercial cross bred herd using Hereford, Shorthorn and Angus bulls
  • All steers and surplus females fattened on farm
  • All yearlings are mated and only those that wean a calf are retained
  • Long term average pregnancy scanning percentage for all mixed age cows is 94%
  • Almost 250 stud cattle calved each year

The business of livestock is our passion and we take pride in producing high quality, grass fed, sustainable beef and lamb for consumers in New Zealand and around the world.


 

 

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