Case study

GRAEME MAXWELL

RANGIORA TRUST

 

LOCATION

  • KAITAIA, NORTHLAND

 

BACKGROUND

  • Graeme and Sue, along with their staff, have managed this property since 1983.
  • 2121ha across two farms (1726ha effective) – medium to rolling and steep hill country.
  • Sheep breeding and Beef farm running 6000 ewes (including 500 stud ewes) and 500 cows (200 of which are Simmental/ Gelbvieh X).
  • Mix of cows, replacement heifers, replacement one and two-year-olds.

SIMMENTAL
INVOLVEMENT

  • Long time user of Simmental bulls predominantly due to their high growth rates and even temperament.
  • Also values sound body traits and good milk production of the Simmental breed which he selects for in his bulls.
  • Purchases 1 – 2 Simmental stud bulls each year to use over mixed age Gelbvieh X cows.
  • Sells progeny at first Stortford Lodge Weaner Fair each year.

 

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RESULT

  • The Simmental influence has led to increased hybrid vigour in his herd over the years.
  • Using Simmental bulls in their operation has enabled consistent results – producing 300 plus kg weaners for sale each year.
  • Graeme and Sue are well-known for topping their local weaner fair.
  • The growth rates continue through to slaughter and his weaners are able to be finished within 12 months of the sale.
  • Simmental breeders deliver on everything Graeme looks for in a bull and the customer service is exceptional.

 

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