Salers Society – Spring Newsletter October 2019

Spring at Kohekohe

Welcome to spring 2019
as always, a great variety of weather patterns from north to south; here, spring is still coming and going – but we have had good rainfall right through – 50% above average for September… so we are ahead of our usual spring grass growth pattern. Our French trip last year has had a beneficial effect on our calving, putting the bull out three weeks later than usual has brought the later cows forward, and given us a nice short calving… though with above average dramas – twins; a down cow; two newborns slipped under fences into bush (red calves are hard to find amongst dead fern – thank goodness for the dogs). The last event was newborn – in-tomo, we are not typical limestone / tomo country, but have a couple in one paddock – naturally attractive to a calving cow… it was quite a pull to get the calf out of the narrow gap – a bit like rebirthing for the calf… luckily, his mother was waiting for him, and he has thrived!

One year ago – Tourists in Salers Village

We have heard from two of the Canadian delegates from last years’ Tour – Doug and Marion Beard, who were great translators of on-farm French, which our city interpreter was not so familiar with Dairy farmers with an Ayrshire herd, Doug and Marian will have a few days in New Zealand en route to an Ayrshire tour of Australia – landing in Auckland 4th January.. they can be contacted on

Salers, Salers x Hereford Herd

The Woolley team are busy preparing for their annual trip to the Hawkes’ Bay show, meantime they have been featured in the local magazine, Valley Voice (, along with their show bulls Willow Creek Hercules, and Willow Creek Oakie.

The Gerke family also featured in the print media, with a great story and photographs of their Century Farms award, published in the Business Rural magazine. John and Maxine are still farming the original balloted land, in Rangiwahia Road, Kimbolton, which was won by great – great grandfather Carl Gerke in 1886. John and Maxine will be devising our Tour for autumn 2020, starting from Palmerston North… details in our Summer newsletter /January…

Display of French Show plaques, at Gaec Freysacc Milking Salers Herd
Typical French Salers cows, complete with horns and bells

Finally, our condolences to the Harvie family, John, Tricia, James and Grace, on the recent loss of Betty Johnson, mother and grandmother.