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13 May 2019

National Bull Sales Set to Commence

This year’s national bull sales are on 13 and 14 May, signaling the start of the bull selling season.

PGG Wrightson Livestock National Genetics Manager Callum Stewart says rising two year old Angus and Hereford bulls will feature, consecutively, over the two days. 

“Our National Angus Sale is on 13 May at Palmerston North’s Orlando Country Club, followed by the National Hereford Sale on farm at the Strahan property, Kiwitea, on 14 May.

“All bulls are offered by prominent North and South Islands studs. The Angus bulls were brought together in November, since when they have gained excellent condition, while the Herefords have been on the Strahan property since February and are similarly looking great,” he said. 

Although numbers are down slightly on last year, Callum Stewart says quality is at a high level.

“We have 21 lots offered at the Angus sale, followed by 15 Herefords, which is fewer than last year, in part due to the success of on-farm sales,. Buyers are monitoring data, and targeting the most effective way to improve herds. Breeders are motivated to keep on advancing genetics, and the bulls on offer testify to their success with that. We therefore look forward to good clearances at each sale,” he said.

Immediately following the National Hereford Sale, a complete dispersal for Panorama Polled Herefords will be conducted online, starting at 2.30pm on 14 May.

“This will launch online sales in genetics. Every Hereford in the stud will be offered for sale, including the bull calves and rising two year old bulls. We are using our ‘bidr’ platform for this sale. Bidr is a virtual saleyard operating an easy-to-use, real time auction. This eliminates much of the stress on animals, as well as reducing the sale’s environmental footprint. Bidr is easy to use, from anywhere in the world, backed up by strict listing and accreditation protocols. 

“We are looking forward to the response to this offering, the first of a new kind of genetics sale. Bidr gives our clients an exceptional way to reach farmers, therefore growing their brand more effectively than ever before through the breadth of online coverage,” said Callum Stewart. 

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Ahuwhenua Trophy 2019 winners announced

28 May 2019

The Ahuwhenua Trophy, Te Puni Kōkiri Excellence in Māori Farming Award acknowledges and celebrates business excellence in New Zealand's important pastoral sector. This competition is held annually, alternating each year between dairy and sheep & beef. The 2019 sheep and beef competition judged entrants on the following criteria: Governance and strategy, community involvement, financials, feed production, human resource, environment and sustainability which Eugene and Pania King of Kiriroa Station won Friday 24th May 2019.

Kiriroa Station

Kingi Smiler, Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee Chairman congratulated Eugene and Pania describing them as a great example of a couple who set challenging goals and then achieved them. He says the King whānau worked so well together, helping each other to achieve farm ownership and now they have earned a unique place in the legacy of the Ahuwhenua Trophy. Kingi described Eugene and Pania as outstanding role models for Māori farming saying all New Zealanders should take note of their achievements and that of their whānau.

Kingi says all this year’s finalists ran farming operations which are among the best in Aotearoa and for that matter the world. The farms were of the highest standard and the task of deciding a winner would not have been easy. This year was a great example of the standard of Māori farming in the country and it is great that we have the Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to showcase its success.

About Kiriroa Station

Kiriroa Station is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Eugene and Pania King. For 12 years they farmed in a whānau partnership. They all had one goal in common, to one day all own their own farms. The whānau knew that with hard work, commitment, and determination their goal would be reached. Eugene and Pania are grateful to have had the opportunity to farm with whānau, and are proud of what has been achieved.

In 2013 Eugene and Pania decided they had built enough equity to finally go out on their own. After a yearlong search for a farm, they found Kiriroa. In March 2014 they moved to Motu to start a new chapter in their lives. Kiriroa is a special place to the Kings. They feel lucky to have taonga like the Motu River, and consider themselves kaitiaki to the 2.2 km of the river flowing through Kiriroa.

Landscape of farm

Kiriroa Station is situated in the Motu Valley which is almost halfway between Gisborne and Opotiki. The Motu Valley is home to weka –and because of their declining numbers, in 2015 Eu-gene and Pania retired 2ha of land for them. With the help of the Gisborne District Council, Motu School, as well as support from the community, native plants were planted and a weka wetland habitat was established. With ongoing monitoring and maintaining the habitat, the weka are thriv-ing. There are three QEII covenants on Kiriroa and a further two to be done within the next three years.

The King whānau is very supportive of whānau, community, marae and school; living and breathing their whakatauaki:

Poipoia te whenua, te wai, te hunga tangata ano hoki e ora tonu ia tatou!

Look after the land, water, and the people, and all will look after you!

If you or someone you know is interested in entering the Ahuwhenua trophy, click here.

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