Otara Station

The key goals for Otara:
  • To be a high performance breeding property producing high quality young stock
  • To be consistently in the district top 10%
  • To have a system that is robust and can produce consistent and sustainable productivity during any climatic conditions
 
Land Area:
  • 3300 hectares - total
  • 2573 hectares - effective
  • 50 hectares of forestry
  • 677 hectares (gullies, scrub, native bush and a native reserve)
 
Land Type:
 
Land Type                   HA
Silt flats                         45
Ash flats                       155
Rolling                           60
Medium                       1072        
Steep                             854
Very Steep                  387
 
Infrastructure:
  • 220 paddocks
  • Reticulated water system
 
Climate:
  • Annual rainfall 1120mls
  • Summer dry
  • Winter warm - soil temperature doesn't go below 6 degrees
 
Soil Fertility: (current)
  • Average soil P levels of 23
  • Average PH of 5.7
 
Market Strategy:
 
Sheep
  • Sell 25% of males at weaning (Dec) to slaughter at 16.5kg
  • Transfer remaining males and surplus ewe lambs at weaning to Tangihanga finishing farm at 27kg average live weight
  • Transfer1800 rising two tooth ewes to Tangihanga in October
  • Transfer 1yr ewes at 65kg to Tangihanga in December
  • Wet dry ewes transferred to Tangihanga system as replacements
  • 3rd cycle ewes sold
  • Transfer hogget lambs at weaning (Jan) to Wi Pere Trust finishing farm at 27kg average live weight
Cattle
  • All male calves and surplus female calves sent to Tangihanga Station in May at 200kg
  • Dry cows sold to slaughter in April at 260kg
  • Wet dry cows sold to slaughter in November at 250kg
  • Cast for age cows sold either to slaughter or as breeders depending on the market
  • 3rd cycle cows sold either to slaughter or as breeders depending on market
  • Trade cattle will be brought in the Spring if needed for pasture control, these will be sold again in the Autumn.
 
Sheep System
 
 
Ewes:
  • FE tolerant Coopworth ewe flock
    • 14,000 in total (2016)
  • Constantly doing 145% lambing
  • Mating date 15th March lambing August 12th
  • Mate for 3 cycles, third cycle ewes scanned off and sold
  • Weaning weight of 30kgs at 100 days
    • Average growth rate of 260 grams per day assuming 4kg birth weight.
Ewe Hoggets:
  • Ewe lamb replacements will be retained for both farms
    • 5700 total (3900 Otara and 1800 Tangihanga)
    • Target 4000 in lamb
  • Weaning weight of 27kg
  • Summer average growth rate of 120 grams per day to give an average of 49kgs by 1st May
  • Mate 1st May lambing 28th September
  • Mate for 30 days
  • Scanning 120% with no more than 10% dry
  • Lamb 100%
  • Hogget lamb weaning weight 27kgs at 10th Jan
    • Average growth rate of 240 grams per day assuming 3kg birth weight
  • Tangihanga replacements sent to Tangihanga in October.
 
Male Lambs:
  • Wean at 30kgs at 100 days
  • 25% of males sent to slaughter at 16.5kgs at weaning
  • Remaining males sent to Tangihanga finishing farm at an average of 27kgs.
 
 
Cattle System
 
The key change to the cattle system is dropping cow numbers by 150.  These will be replaced by ewes and trading cattle if the season allows. 
 
The current policy is not flexible enough to handle droughts.
 
 
MA Cows:
  • Angus Herd = 800 total
  • Constantly scanning 95%
  • Constantly calving 90%
  • Mating 15th December calving 23rd September
  • Mate for 3 cycles, third cycle scanned off and sold
  • Weaning weight of 220kgs at weaning age of 155 days
    • Average growth rate of 1.2kgs per day assuming 35kgs birth weight.
 
Replacement Heifers:
  • Wean at 220kgs = 250 total
  • Mate 5th December at 340kgs average (Saler sire)
    • Average daily weight gain of .52kg per day to achieve mating weight
  • 40 day mating
  • 90% scanning
  • 90% calving
 
Cull Heifers:
  • Wean at 205kgs = 255 total
  • Transfer to Tangihanga Station at weaning in May
 
Steer Calves:
  • Wean at 220kgs
  • Transfer to Tangihanga Station at weaning in May
 
 
Production Timeline

  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016 - 2017
Ewe Numbers 12200 13300 14000 14000
Lambing % 140 145 145 145
Weaning wgt 28 29 30 30
% killed of mum 23 25 26 26
Pregnant Hgts 0 3500 4000 4000
Hgt Lambing % 93% 100% 100% 100%
Weaning wgt 26 27 27 27
Cow numbers 800 800 800 800
Calving % 89 90 90 90
Weaning wgt 230 230 235 235
Kg product/ha 218 225 243 243
Demand 6600 6800 6990 6990

 
General Manager - Tim Rhodes

RD 4
Te Karaka
Home: 06 862 3739
Fax: 06 862 3738
cell: 027 272 5421
email: tim.ngaire@wnation.net.nz