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Whitford Farms

Whitford Farms is located in coastal north Waikato, Waikaretu. The home block of 785 hectares and lease block of 185 hectares is run in partnership by Richard and Elizabeth and their son and daughter inlaw, Tom and Nicole.

We lamb 2700 ewes and 900 coopworth ewe hoggets. Lambing starts in July with the hoggets starting in September. All lambs are finished on farm. Over the years we have worked very hard to breed a very high performing ewe flock. In 2016 our MA ewes tailed 172% and hoggets 127%.

140 fresian Hereford cows are mated to charloais bull and are calved from mid September. All progeny are finished on farm. 260 fresian bull calves are bought in each year in late spring and are taken through to 2 ½ year olds.

The introduction of growing pure swards of plantain and clover in 2012 has given us the ability to grow out our lambs faster which results in a premium product for the customer.

 

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