2017 Scanning Results

Photo: The testing ground at Wairere New Zealand in the good autumn of 1986. In July 2017: 2,600 ewe hoggets at 42kg scanned 112% 1,400 two tooths at 62kg scanned 190% 3,800 mixed age ewes at 69kg scanned 205%

Team Changes

We welcome Anna Vaughan as our new farm manager at Wairere in early August. Anna has recently been involved with New Zealand Merino research and extension, and with Merinos in Australia too. Prior to that she did some hard yards as a block manager at Mt Linton and as...

Record Lamb Prices in Australia

Supply scramble sets $256 lamb record By Annabelle Cleeland Australia's lamb industry boom continues its record shattering run with lamb prices hitting a dizzying $256 a head at Ballarat sale on Tuesday. Opening bids began at $230 following whispers of a stronger sale...

February is ram lamb selling time at Wairere!

Each year, Wairere make available about 1,500 ram lambs for sale. These lambs are the product of performance recorded ewes from our Romney and composite stud flocks. They were weaned early December 2016 and will be eye-muscle scanned late January 2017. Faster genetic...

November was ram selling time at Wairere

Check out our video on how our rams get sorted for sales. Every year we make available around 3,000 rams for sales which makes us one of the largest ram breeders in New Zealand with nearly 90 years of ram breeding experience. For those who live in New Zealand, we are...

Wairere is home for the “Perfect Woman”

Young farmer Rachel Rule from Tokanui is the newly addition to our team at Wairere. She has also been crowned the "Perfect Woman" after winning Speights Perfect Woman annual competition in Wanaka during this year's labour weekend. On its 13th edition, the competition...

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KISS Success

KISS Success

Father and son team, Jim  and Brendan Varty, were worthy winners of the Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year in 2016. Jim was a shepherd, then a manager, who aspired to farm ownership. He achieved this through purchase and sale of stepping stone blocks near Masterton....

Sheep Industry Awards

Sheep Industry Awards

This year's Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards was held in Masterton, Wairarapa, on the 6th of July. "This is the fifth year the industry’s top performers have gathered to acknowledge outstanding contributors in genetics, science and commercial lamb...

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