Steve & Ewald Trotter & Thaller

OAKDALE

Owner Details

Oakdale Simmentals
143 Otaenga Road
RD 1
Kaikohe

09 401 0020
021 115 6092

strotter.nz@gmail.com
Stud Focus

At Oakdale we aim to breed quiet, structurally correct animals, with good natural fleshing, growth rates and preferably polled. Cattle are run on a commercial basis.
Owing to growing demand, a number of bulls are sold as yearlings by Private Treaty. As one of the larger Simmental studs, Oakdale has a wide genetic base and greater numbers of progeny available for bull buyers.

Background

The stud started in 1997 – with the purchase of three registered heifers – and is located in the Far North district, approximately 23 kms South of Kaikohe (or 50 minutes drive from Kerikeri or Whangarei.). It has since expanded and is now the largest registered Simmental stud in Northland.

Number of Cows

150

Number of Sires used

Varies year by year (6 for 2010’s calving).

Size and contour of farm

217 hectares (200 effective), consisting of mainly rolling to medium hill contour, with some steeper gullies and hills at the back of the farm. The soil type is semi-volcanic.

Other Stock in farming operation

150 ewes. In addition, progeny from ewes and cows – not kept as replacements or sold as breeding stock – are finished on farm.

Natural or AI mating
A combination of Natural and AI mating is carried out – using the best of local and overseas genetics. In 2009, calves were sired by 18 different bulls (9 overseas [AI] and 9 NZ born bulls).