‘Newhaven Hill Block’, North Otago
The 7th biennial Newhaven Perendale Client Focus Day was held at the Newhaven hill block base at Five Forks.
The weather certainly played it’s part to allow everyone full vision of the Newhaven farm tour (and the Kakanui mountain range) with snow making an appearance only 12 hours after the field day finished. After an update from the Newhaven team, guests were entertained and informed by a variety of speakers including Richard Thorp, Chief Operating Officer of NZ Binxi (Oamaru) Foods, Dr. Dave Robertson (Sheep and Beef Vet of the Year 2015) who had the audience both entertained and highly engaged in the necessity to ensure that any animal’s genetic potential can be displayed through feeding it well, Neil and Rose Sanderson (Fossil Creek Angus Limited) who announced the new 50/50 Partnership here at Newhaven, Tony and Trudy Boyer (Mount Monmot Perendales, Victoria, Australia gave us an insightful presentation on our joint venture Perendale stud that is showcasing Newhaven genetics in the tough climate of Skipton, Victoria. Travis Thomson (My Kitchen Rules contestant 2015) then rounded off the day nicely when guests were treated to some culinary delights created by him on site – including Short Beef Ribs and Gourmet Newhaven Perendale Lamb Sliders.
‘Redbank’, Macraes Flat
‘A highlight on my farming calendar‘ was how one attendee described our 6th biennial client focus day on May 16th, hosted by Jim and Rhonda Thomson, of ‘Redbank Station’ Macraes Flat, East Otago.
The day included innovative insights from industry speakers and a tour of Jim and Rhonda’s farming operation in one of New Zealand’s most challenging environments. Key highlights were Jim’s straightforward insights to the exciting times ahead for sheep and beef operations in New Zealand – and how ‘keeping things simple and focused’ and the introduction of Newhaven Perendale genetics has been crucial for their farming success.
We were fortunate to have Dr Andrew Greer, Senior lecturer from Lincoln University enlighten us on sheep parasitology and future insights to monitoring and Mr Peter Wardell, chef de mission 2014 New Zealand Winter Olympics inform and entertain us.
‘Newhaven Farms’, North Otago
Our fifth biennial Client Focus Day was held this on FRIDAY 11th MAY 2012 – this time, at the Newhaven base. Our theme for 2012 was ‘Capturing the Gains’ with a key focus being our genetic gains and how they relate back to your own properties and flocks. It is essential that we, as a strong genetic group will be able to stay one step ahead of the industry at all times – taking a ‘Local and Global’ approach.
We also had the opportunity to host Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Global Analyst – Rebecca Redmond, who gave an excellent insight to current and future consumer trends in the demand for quality New Zealand Sheep Meat products.This was indeed a celebratory event – as Newhaven Perendales marked our 40th Anniversary of Leading Genetics in 2012.
‘Braemar Station’, Lake Pukaki, Tekapo
Our key note speakers included Andrew Mackie from Alliance Group – who gave a very vibrant presentation on the positive signals within the wider global meat industry and Dr Andrew Greer from Lincoln University. Dr Greer enlightened us on advances in ovine worm resistance and resilience – in a scientific yet practical manner (he later informed us that the sentence ‘scientific yet practical’ is an oxymoron, yet our guests on the day would absolutely stand behind the fact that he ensured that we were all well informed in a down to earth manner). Another highlight of the day was Don Fraser from Summit Wool Spinners presentation. Don showed us some of the new innovations within their interesting global operation – and as an added bonus, presented every attendee with a pair of socks made using 31 micron Newhaven Perendale hogget wool.
Forest View and Rockville – Outram /Hyde, Otago
Property: Forest View- Preston and Tori Hope, Deep Stream – Otago
Topic: ‘Productivity Gains through Genetic Change’
Brief: After only four years of ownership, the highly motivated Hope team have strategically implemented a range of high impact strategies that have changed the operation from a ‘store stock’ farm to a highly productive prime Perendale lamb producer.
Property: Rockville – Patrick and Kirsty Kinney, Hyde – Otago
Topic: ‘Productivity Gains through Genetic Change’
Brief: After making a dramatic change to Newhaven Perendales from a traditional ‘half bred’ sheep policy – the productive capacity of the property that this motivated young couple has exceeded their own high expectations. They can now concentrate on actual production per stock unit – not just the number of stock units as in the past. They have a focus on high production in the most efficient manner possible in such a challenging environment.
Blairgowrie Run’ – Newhaven Farms, Five Forks, North Otago
Blairgowrie run is a 1070 hectare hill block that is run in conjunction with the main Newhaven operation. Sustainable land development under challenging conditions was a key topic- mirroring a commercial operation, it is a distinct necessity to stay one step ahead in all areas – including environmental management – ‘turning constraints into control’.
Lanark Downs and White Rock – South Canterbury
Property: Lanark Downs – David and Anna Irving, Albury, South Canterbury
Topic: ‘Achieving elite production parameters in an extensive operation under challenging climatic conditions’
Brief: Lanark Downs is a past New Zealand Perendale Cup Award winning property and owners David and Anna Irving allowed us to gain a valuable insight into their high producing and optimum yielding breeding flock, and the management tools that they utilise in order to operate a successful specialist lamb finishing regime, even in drought conditions.
Property: Whiterock Station – Richard and Anne Patterson, Cave, South Canterbury
Topic: ‘Successfully growing high altitude forage crops on uncultivable country’
Brief: A unique way in which total dry matter grown per hectare has been markedly increased was demonstrated – the Patterson’s have been literally ‘breaking new ground’ and this has positively impacted on both their Perendale flock and indeed their entire focused yet extensive operation.