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8 February 2024
Over the Farm Gate

Curtain coming down on longstanding Taranaki beef stud

March dispersal sale scheduled for AngusPure partner Wairere Angus.

A longstanding Taranaki beef stud is winding down, with its 19 March dispersal sale providing farmers an opportunity for some highly rated genetics. 

AngusPure partner Wairere Angus Stud at Meremere, near Hawera, South Taranaki was established in 1936 by Owen Lander on the family farm his father and uncle purchased in the 1890s. Owen’s sons Cedric and Eric took over the farm in the 1980s, with Cedric managing the stud since.

“You have to be passionate to be a stud breeder. I grew up with the breed and I’ve always been committed to do what it takes to improve them. 

“I aim for a good sized animal. In recent years we have put more and more carcase into them, including using plenty of artificial breeding, bringing in American and Australian genetics. We mainly focus on high growth rate, rather than worrying about birthweight. By selecting sires, individually mating cows, and using artificial breeding where that suits best, we’ve kept the EBVs rising and improved the overall averages of the females,” says Cedric.

While he is happy with the Wairere Angus heifers, others will have the opportunity to judge, and take advantage if they like what they see at the dispersal sale.

“We have several regular clients who have supported us through the years, including some right back to 1980s. We are also looking forward to seeing other local stud breeders and some commercial growers at the sale,” he says.

A total of 109 heifers, in-calf heifers, cows, and calves will be offered at the 19 March dispersal sale, which will also feature on bidr. 

Wairere Angus has been at the forefront of the industry for several decades, including being among the first to utilise Breedplan and ultrasound scanning. Cedric aims to wind Wairere Angus down after its final bull sale in early June.

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