Ashgrove - The Property
Ashgrove is a 600 hectare sheep and beef property situated 55km west of Whangarei. The farm enjoys a long stream fed valley with 30 hectares of flats with some medium hill and the remaining 70% of the property is some of Northlands steepest hill country and receives on average 1800mm of rain per year.
The sheep studs are run alongside commercial Coopworth ewes. Apart from mating and lambing, commercial ewes and the stud Coopworth and Suftex ewes are all run together. Consequently the stud sheep are not pampered, but farmed commercially and are well known for shifting anywhere. Over the last three years all Coopworth stud and commercial ewes averaged 203% scanning based on ewes to ram, at a 62kg tupping weight.
Along with the 200 Angus breeding cows the ewe flock are put to work to clean up pasture on a 100 day rotation through winter. This includes all stud and commercial ewes including teh Suftex ewes. Typically close to 1 condition score will be taken off the ewes between tupping and 6 weeks pre-lamb.
The 200 Matauri Angus stud cows are run commercially, and expected to work. These are a moderate sized hill country Angus cow that are very hardy, achieve good performance and fantastic for their maternal traits such as birth weight and gestation length. Cows and heifers get in calf easily and have good temperament. Structurally they are very strong and Matauri Angus genetics are renown for shifting well. Bulls are grown out on the easier country post weaning to achieve suitable sale weights. With an September yearling sale and 2-year old sale in June.
Innovation and environmental stewardship are important elements of the Ashgrove ethos. In partnership with Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Ashgrove was one of ten demonstration farms nationwide pioneering SpreadSmart variable fertiliser application via a plane. Ashgrove is also working with the Northland Regional Council to improve waterways as part of the businesses focus on environmental stewardship.