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. An insightful update from Richard Thorp, Chief Operating Officer of NZ Binxi (Oamaru) Foods on the meat industry model that Oamaru Foods Limited has rolled out successfully to farmers, 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 that they are entering into with Blair and Jane Smith here at Newhaven – with the Fossil Creek Angus cow herd now being run on the Newhaven hill block for 18 months and now entering into a full partnership, Tony and Trudy Boyer (Mt Monmot Perendales, Victoria, Australia gave us an insightful presentation around the high demand for ‘self replacing’ Perendales (Dual purpose)and their 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.