AT A GLANCE
Simon and Annabel Saunders
Location: Stag Valley, Castlerock, Northern Southland
Sheep: 5800 Headwaters breeding ewes – 1350 elite flock ewes, 1000 two-tooth ewes, 3200 mixed age ewes, 1900 hoggets
Cattle: 165 R1 dairy grazers, 100 R1 Wagyu/Dairy cross, 86 Angus MA breeding cows, 30 Angus R2 first calvers.
HDX lightweight buttons.
Breeding a crossbred sheep that suited the hill and high country.
Producing an added value product that differentiates in the marketplace.
Can match DNA with EID tag, find out parentage do conception scanning and give them a birth date.
Takes the guesswork out of stock finishing.
Lift kill weights by one kilogram in lambs and decreased mean sale date.