Wharenui: Average pasture cover is in line with expectations. We have only had 40mm of rainfall in the past 6 weeks so soil moistrure levels have been declining and pasture growth rates are beginning to slow. Stock is making their way through surplus feed from the peak pasture growth month in December but more rain needed. Winter crops are looking excellent. YTD lamb sales are up 12% on the revised budget and are also above original budget.These were early season lambs which were killed on a higher schedule than expected for the remainder of the season. First bull kill of the season took place on 20th of December with 37 killed above the revised budget.
Tihi-o-Tonga: We received 58mm of rainfall in December which after the 194mm received November has set the farm up. Carcass yields have been on or above target. We have secured the most of the additional calves required for grazing. All of the winter crop has been sown and is establishing well.
Ngongotahā Station: We received 23mm of rain in December at Ngongotaha, but MTD rainfall has already exceeded 40mm. As with Tihi-o-tonga, feed cover levels and pasture quality are good. Excellent carcass weights of Wagyu have allowed us to continue to exceed budgeted per head revenue YTD however are still looking to increase marbling scores. We have cut 35ha of grass silage including 143 bales of baleage, with post-cut fertiliser to be applied this week.