Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands - The Farms

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    Our Farms

    The farms are operated as individual farming businesses by Whakaue Farming Ltd, with the three farm managers reporting through to WFL farm supervisors, Perrin Ag Consultants, and then the WFL board. Each of the farms are expected to operate profitably in their own right, whilst being co-ordinated at a strategic level to optimise the farm assets of the Incorporation.

    Strategic Overview:
    • The livestock policies operated by WFL are designed to maximise both the profitability and the resilience of the farm businesses.
    • These policies also seek to exceed environmental standards and demonstrating innovation and leadership to the wider industry.
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    The WFL breeding flock consists of 8,400 Romney ewes (plus ewe hogget replacements), lambing between 130-140%. Lambing dates and management are designed to allow all non-replacement lambs to be sold prime in excess of an 18kg carcass weight, with additional lambs purchased in for finishing as feed and market opportunities dictate.

    Quick Facts
    • 8,400 Romney ewes
    • Lambing between 130-140%
  • Cattle


    Three different cattle policies are operated within WFL; the contract grazing of dairy heifer replacements and dairy cows at Tihi-o-tonga, production of breeding bulls for the dairy industry at Wharenui, and, since 2013, high value Wagyu x Angus beef production at Ngongotaha.

    Quick Facts
    • High value Wagyu and Angus beef since 2013
    • Bull Breeding programme

Farm News & Updates

July 27, 2021

Farm Job Vacancy

2IC/Head Shepherd – Rotorua Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands owns just under 3,000 hectares of land surrounding Rotorua, of which 1,600 effective hectares are part of three […]
February 14, 2018


Kia ora tātou, Our owners and their whānau are welcome to attend a tour of the whenua at Ngongotahā & Wharenui. We will leave Tunohopu on […]
July 27, 2017

April – May 2017 Farm Report

April was a wet month with over 300mm of rain on all three farms – Pasture covers remain good across all three farms. See brief points […]