WHO WE ARE
We are a fourth generation farming family firmly planted on our Southland based Waikaka Station since 1907. Originally established by Laurie’s great grandfather, our operation is now run by Laurie and Sharon, alongside their son Ross and his wife Steph. Their young children, Ollie and Emmie, make up the 6th generation living on the land, and can often be found helping out around the farm on bike or horseback.
We are committed to developing our operating practice and are keeping a close eye on industry innovations, always striving to make our herd and flocks the best we possibly can whilst implementing new technologies to make our jobs easier.
We are very aware that we are caretakers of this beautiful part of the country, and in line with this, development and maintenance of the property has always been a high priority, and indeed a culmination of four generations of blood sweat and tears.
Our passion lies in Stud breeding Herefords, Romneys, Texels, Romex and Romdales. The core focus of our breeding program is Genetics gains based, and our aim is to help our commercial clients by offering them the best possible genetics to strengthen and grow their livestock businesses and ultimately make them more profitable. We are consistently supplying genetics that will respond positively in varying environmental challenges.
We have been calving heifers at 2 years old since 1988, and now have the added value of 2 year old calving trouble free bred into our dams. This was achieved by using Breedplan to alter our genetics and changing our management practices. We also lamb all our hoggets and are improving our lambing rates each year. Our clients are seeing improved results with birthing percentages, growth rates, meat yield and meat quality through the introduction of Waikaka Genetics to their livestock enterprises.
We are passionate about traditional sheep and beef farming and focus our full attention on achieving profitable gains. This means we are not interested in dairy grazing or any other quick fix ideas outside our core activity, and fully engage our energy into constantly improving within the sheep and beef fields. We pride ourselves in being down to earth and approachable, and strive to foster lasting relationships and friendships with our clients. Our door is always open to new ideas and discussions on how we can make things better for our clients and the industry as a whole.
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