Detailed history building for top Tararua flock

AT A GLANCE 

Daniel Preece
Location: Pohuetai Farms, Easy of Dannervirke 
2174ha (1970ha effective) breeding, finishing and trading property

CHALLENGES

Building a detailed profile of the flock.
Being able to identify more efficient sheep.

BENEFITS

Availability of information makes life easier.
Helps keep track of parentage and which lambs have been vaccinated.
Identify lighter animals and feed them accordingly. 
Identify which ewes consistently produce singles.

Pohuetai Farms is building a detailed profile of its flock before working on making the most of the information gained from EID tagging, says manager Daniel Preece. “We’re analysing it but not utilising it to the full extent…yet”.

Daniel Preece

BACKGROUND

The business is 2174ha (1970ha effective) breeding, finishing and trading property on Otope Road, East of Dannervirke. It has been owned by the Knight family for 135 years. As well as carrying 528 R1 bulls, 503 R2 bulls and 106 R1 and R2 Angus heifers, the farm has an almost 14,000 strong sheep flock; 5300 Highlander ewes are put to Highlander rams and 4200 to terminal rams, plus 2800 ewes hoggets are put to terminal Primera rams.