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The guys who cut this should have got a medal
Purchased neighbouring Glenora Station.710 ha of almost totally reverted easy rolling to very steep sandstone country.The farm had all been clear once but without aerial topdressing the light soils quickly reverted. The back half of the farm complete with homestead was abandoned during the great depression.The homestead was dismantled and shifted down to Gisborne. Numerous Macrocarpas had been planted for shelter and this is where we built the feedlot (see Feedlot). The bush and scrub was cleared over a period of 5 years using gangs of up to 8 cutters using scrub bars and chainsaws.The very heavy bush cover when felled and burned was oversown and topdressed using Beaver topdressing planes. 5cwt to the acre of superphosphate was applied after the grass and clover seed.
This is why we got such great burns
Almost total reversion
A very clean burn. One of the bonuses of very thick scrub - tough to cut but great to burn
Back burning steep country - See photo above
Newly broken in Sandstone country
1993 Waimata Zulu 689
In 1993 we sold a son of Kaharau Zulu 605 to a syndicate of three Angus breeders for $50,000.00.Zulu 605 was the top priced bull at the 1987 Kaharau sale.We purchased him some years later as an eight year old. he bred very well for us, but when we mated him to a Matai 546 cow he produced one of the most influential bulls we had ever bred,Waimata Zulu 689. He bred some very good cattle here in New zealand and in Australia and America.We used him in an AI and Embryo programme which produced some outstanding cattle including Waimata 981 below who sold to Stern Angus.
In 2008 we sold 700 straws of semen from Waimata Lad E230 to Kelly Schaff of the prestigious SAV Angus Stud in North Dakota. SAV sell 800 bulls at their annual sale and in 2010 the two heaviest bulls in their catalogue were by E230.
In 2012 we had an approach from a top Scottish Angus Stud breeder wanting to purchase Pure New Zealand Waimata embryos. He said he wanted to make a new start as he was unhappy with his current direction.We sent 4 of our top cows up to ABS in Hamilton as they are the only centre licensed to export to the EU. The cows were flushed 4 times and produced 91 embryos.
2 of the cows flushed for Scotland
In 2004 we sold a line of 150 R2 commercial Otonga Heifers at the Matawhero saleyards. The top pen of 48 Heifers made $1250 WHICH STILL STANDS TODAY AS THE HIGEST PRICE EVER PAID FOR 2 YEAR HEIFERS OF ANY BREED.
2002 Bought Coley Farm
The Coley house was in very poor shape when we purchased the farm in
2002. The roof had never been painted since the house was built in 1912. The front of the house had never had a verandah so there was a considerable amount of rot in the weather boards and around the windows.The house was out of level by
12 inches in the far left hand corner and so had to be repiled. A new roof was put on and a verandah added in the front.Two French doors replaced the rotten windows.
Left : The house as it looked in 1912 not long after it was built.
New roof installed and house repiled.
The front of the house as it appears today. Adding the front verandah has transformed the look of the place.
This was the rear of the house after the old verandah had been removed and before the repiling had started.
New verandah installed. - What a difference a new paint job makes!
Breaking in paddocks on Coley
Evelyn says I'm getting too old for tractor work ! (At 78? - Rubbish)