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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

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Keep up to date and view the latest Agricultural events in and around your region at the NZ Farmers Weekly NZX Agri Events page.




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Country Calendar - Action Station

Catch a glimpse of life at Waikura Station on Country Calendar by clicking here

Shearing the ewes at Waikura Station November 2012

The highly skilled shearer’s carefully remove the wool from the sheep, their incredible hand eye coordination makes the task look effortless and by keeping the sheep moving at all times ensures they don’t fight against the shearer.  They are long days working 8 hours and a good shearer will comfortably shear 300 ewes a day.  They are incredibly strong and fit to be able to work with 60 – 65 kg ewes.

At Waikura Station it is a 5 stand shed which means there are shearers and each shearer has a roustabout.  The roustabout’s job is to prepare the fleece (wool) to be pressed into the bales removing any unwanted stained wool.


Mustering Hereford Cows to take the bull out

Sam and his team of dogs make this muster look very easy!  The bull as you can see has incredible agility and has definitely maintained his condition while out with his cows in a warm NZ east coast summer.


February 2013 - some rain would be great!

Hain Herefords New Stud Sire

Waikaka Turning Point was purchased in partnership with Lochaburn for $21,000


Sam and Gemma Hain
06 867 8097
Sid and Merran Hain
06 862 8096