The latter half of July and the start of August were extremely wet, with a run of frosts in the last week slowing pasture growth. Feed covers have fallen on all three farms. The NZD has eased slightly against our major trading partners, which will help keep farm gate prices for our major commodities firm.
Wharenui Station: Feed is holding out well at Wharenui after the wet July. Ewes set stocked at only 6-7 ewes per hectare due to winter crops yielding more than expected and consequently still being grazed. The 30 Jersey bulls purchased in February are tracking well at 380kg at their last weighing in July. Gorse spraying has been a success this year with a good kill evident. The farm is looking very clean with minimal thistles and gorse continually declining.
Tihi-o-Tonga Station: Feed covers have dropped as expected with average cover accross the whole farm between 1,500kg DM/ha and 1,600kg DM/ha, but feed levels under the ewes is acceptable and heifers on the cell country continue to be fed silage. The main lambing ewes were set-stocked on the 15th of August.
Ngongotahā Station: We’ve had a further two ewes killed – one in late July and a further ewe in the first week of August. We are now going to padlock all of the farm’s external gates. We have made the appropriate police report. We’ve had a further two ewes killed – one in late July and a further ewe in the first week of August. We are now going to padlock all of the farm’s external gates. We have made the appropriate police report.