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Brewer Farms

Brewer Farms is a 410 ha property near the coast in South Taranaki. The operation involves sheep, beef finishing, dairy and maize silage production.

Soils are Egmont Yellow / Brown Loam and are derived from volcanic deposits from Mt Taranaki. The mountain and coastal weather dominate our farming environment.

SHEEP: We run 2300 ewes. They lamb in August and all lambs are finished prime. We also run 600 Hoggets, which lamb in September.

BEEF: We run 360 Angus / Hereford steers. 180 one-year-old steers that are purchased annually, mainly from ‘Tunnel Hill’. 180 rising two-year-old steers are sold from June to September on a winter contract. All are pasture fed with hay supplement.

DAIRY: 230 dairy cows producing 1500 kg MS/ha. Their diet is supplemented with maize silage and turnips.

MAIZE SILAGE: 30ha; 15ha sold; 15 ha fed to our dairy herd.

DIRECT DRILLING: All crops - Maize, Brassica and Pasture are established using the Cross Slot No Tillage System. This reduces soil erosion, carbon emmisions and fuel use. It also maintains soil structure and soil organisims, and conserves moisture.

Maize silage is direct-drilled in 30cm rows in late October. Annual ryegrass is sown into the maize silage stubble in late March and used to finish the beef during winter. Brassica crops are used to supplement the dairy herd and sheep during dry periods in the summer. New ryegrass/ clover pasture is established after two crops of either maize or brassica.

The four enterprises all work together on different topograghy on the property to make up a sustainable farming system. Improvements in animal genetics, plant species and farm management techniques allow us to keep developing the system. This enables us to bring you a top quality, consistent product that you can enjoy at home or in selected restaurants.

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