Tangihanga Station

The key goals for Tangihanga

  • To be a high performance breeding and finishing unit.
  • To be in the district top 5%
  • To have a system that is robust and can produce consistent and sustainable productivity during any climatic conditions

Land Area:

  • 2137 hectares total
  • 147 hectares leased to leader brand
  • 238 hectares pine forest
  • 302 hectares ineffective (gullies, creeks and bush)
  • 1450 hectares effective pastoral

Land Type

 

Land Type
 HA
Silt Flats
0
Ash Flats
 41
Rolling  132
Medium  889
Steep  321
Very Steep
 67


 

Infrastructure

  • 155 paddocks
  • Reticulated water system

Climate

  • Annual rainfall 1080 mls
  • Summer dry
  • Winter warm (soil temp doesn’t go below 6 degrees)

Soil fertility (current)

  • Average soil P levels of 23
  • Average PH of 5.7


Market strategy

Ewes

  • Sell cull ewes to slaughter at 28kg November

Lambs

  • Sell 60% of lambs at weaning during October and November at 15.5kg
  • Transfer remaining lambs to Finishing Block
 
 

Heifers

  • Sell local trade as rising 2yr in August and September at 220kg

Steers

  • Sell export as 2.5yr in March and April at 320kg

Sheep system

Ewes

  • High performance FE tolerant terminal ewe flock
    • 10500 in total (2016)
  • Landcorp supreme sires
  • Consistently doing 135% lambing
  • 1yr ewes mated 15thFeb, lambing 14th July lambing
  • ·Mixed age mated 5thMarch, lambing 1st August
  • ·Mate for 3 cycles, scan off 3rdcycle and sell
  • ·Weaning weight of 32 kg at 100 days
    • Growth rate of 280 grams per day assuming birth wgt of 4kg
  • ·Replacements 2ths and one year ewes come from Otara

Lambs

  • Sell 60% direct to slaughter at weaning
  • Send remaining lambs to finishing block after weaning

Cattle System

Heifers

  • ·Arrive on farm as weaners at 200kg in May
  • ·Live weight target
    • May to October .7kg per day
    • October to November 1kg per day
    • December to March .3kg per day
  • ·From May to October run in a cell system at 2.5hd per ha

Steers

  • Arrive on farm as weaners at 220kg in May
  • 180 will be purchased on the open market from March to May depending on season
  • These are used predominantly as pasture controllers; these can be used in the finishing block as lawn mowers if required.

 

 

Tangihanga Station Production Time Line

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Ewe Numbers

7500

8500

10500

10500

Lambing %

135

135

135

135

Weaning wgt

29

30

30

30

% killed of mum

26

40

40

40

Steer numbers

580

580

600

600

Steer cwt

310

315

322

322

Heifer numbers

200

210

230

230

Heifer cwt

220

220

222

222

Kg product/ha

253

260

277

277

Demand/Intake

 

 

7407

7407