Taiaroa Charolais

We trade as Glen Ayr Limited with two properties running 11700 stock units.

The combined property is 1907 hectares comprising 500 hectares of paddocks, 362 hectares of river flats, 260 hectares of hill faces and 785 hectares of summer hill country.

Average rainfall is 540mm.

We have 147 hectares of K-line irrigation and a pivot covering 110 hectares.

Supplements include 110 hay, 340 baleage, 1300 tonne silage and 55 hectare mix of swedes, kale, fodder beet, turnips and Italian.

Ewe flock includes 3200 Mixed Age Texel cross ewes and 725 ewe hoggets.

The female cattle herd currently comprises 159 MA cows with 25 heifers entering the herd.

All bull calves are kept through the first winter and 30 are selected for our on farm sale in May each year.

Recent herd sires include: Hemingford Druid, Cotswold Gate, Cotswold Gent, Cotswold J118, Roseville Jud, Taiaroa Lock L4, Twin Rivers L332



Tom Aitken ran Shorthorn cattle on the property prior to 1966. Tom viewed Charolais cattle at Waimate and decided to A.I. six cows, and was delighted with the resultant calves. Tom’s next aim was to breed a purebred herd, A.I. was time consuming so he bought two purebred bulls (the first N.Z. bred purebred), and imported a heifer from England and using E.T. got 4 bulls and one heifer.

Fifty years on, we have a quality herd and are impressed the with progress of the breed. Taiaroa concentrates on American Polled bulls, which we find are more suited to our farm, leaving easier calving stock, with less bone, but still good weight gains.

Growth rates, high yielding carcasses, recording system with the NZ Charolais Society, docility, unique colour marking and longevity all contribute to a herd we are proud of and enjoy farming.

Posted on January 31st, 2010.