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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 Romneys

Hain Romneys

Specialists in quality lamb production

Breeding Program

Commercial sheep and beef production is the core component of the Hain Partnership farming business and sheep account for half of our stock units. 

Our ewe flock is highly efficient and fertile as evidence by our solid long term docking average of 145% ewes to the ram.  This is attributed to replacing the ewes with only hogget twins that wean a lamb, a low rate of triplets and a natural selection policy at lambing (no lambing beats). 

We have been developing facial eczema tolerance and testing rams under the Ramguard Plan at Ruakura since 1984.  We have achieved incredible results, now testing sale rams at levels over 5.0 with zero or minimal liver damage. 

We have recently conducted a drench resistance experiment on farm through our local Veterinary practice and the results were extremely positive with very little apparent resistance.  This is testament to our animal health program.  The ewes are only drenched once a year, three weeks prior to mating and the lambs are drenched every five weeks from weaning through to April.

All rams that are offered for sale are twins and all single rams are sent to the works.  It is customary for our first lot of lambs to go to the works at weaning in December. 

Our sale rams are a reflection of our strict breeding program and are not exposed to any special treatment, they are bred on the hills for a working life not a sale day.

We are Hill Country Romneys, Hain Romneys, specialists in quality lamb production.  Take your business ahead by minimising your risk and maximising your production with rams from Hain Romneys.

 

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