Sheep farming in New Zealand is being pushed back into the hill country, or onto land which frequently faces drought. The trend has been towards more extensive farms, less labour, and lower fertiliser input, yet improved productivity is needed from easy-care sheep. Climatic stresses require genetics capable of bouncing back quickly.
Nationally, the Wairere reputation is built around shifting ability and the ability to bounce back after a hard time.
SIZE AND SCALE
The Wairere Romney flock comprises:
- 7,000 SIL recorded ewes and twinning hoggets
- 7,500 multiplier ewes and ewe hoggets
- 2,500 ewes which provide rams for Wairere King
- 1,030 Challenger ewes (facial eczema resilient, tested at .40 sporidesmin). Dose rate to increase to 0.45 in 2017
- 800 Dominator (composite terminal) ewes
- 1,700 SIL recorded composite ewes
- Multiplier ⅜ Texel ⅜ Romney ⅛ Finn ⅛ East Fresian
- Tufguy ½ Texel, ½ Romney
EYE MUSCLE AREA
HOGGETS MUST GET IN LAMB
All ewe hoggets have been mated since 1966, and are all lambed unshepherded. Selection for easycare lambing and against bearings has been practiced for more than forty-five years.
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