Salers Society – Summer News (just!) 2022

At last, here we go with the summer news, just ahead of autumn. We had a great spring here, probably the best for rainfall and grass growth in the 32 years we have been here.. followed by 6 hot dry weeks… just before we had to think about feeding out, good rainfall came to the rescue.. grass growth is under way again, and keeping up with demand. Will it see us through autumn, or will the now normal pattern of feeding out for 6 weeks or so settle in… all depends on follow up rain. The African grass Kikuyu is a bit of a life saver, responding very quickly to warm rain, so the coastal sandhills are turning from brown to green. As usual, variable weather patterns up and down the country have created different farming scenarios… with some areas copping the worst of the storms, very heavy rainfalls and flooding.


We have had some changes here… an enquiry for some Salers females coincided with our requirement for a sum of money for my hip replacement (getting on “the list” is a slow process with waitlists from the first lockdown still causing traffic jams) Delays miraculously disappear when the private system is accessed. So the top group of Kohekohe females are now farmed by Luke Edwards at Tauherenikau, currently running with a Simmental bull.

Kohekohe Salers in their new home. Tauherenikau

Doug and Marion Beard have sent us photos of their Salers in Quebec… despite a pretty brutal run with Covid in Canada, showing has continued, and the Beards have invested in more Salers females…. great to hear of an expanding herd!

Doug and Marion Beards’ Champion (Quebec, and New Brunswick) Salers bull
Doug Beard Doug Beard with his Salers show stock
Salers young stock at the Beard farm, Quebec.

AUTUMN TOUR?

Re the proposed Northland visit / tour. We have been in touch with Karen Woolley requesting a visit to the family, and Willow Creek Salers herd… Karen is able to fit us in (between batches of calves) they are calving their milkers from 1 March so will have the first group settled by end April… so Karen suggested the end of April ie 28 / 29 / 30 which fits in well after Easter and Anzac…So far, Cushla and Mike Murphy, John and Maxine Gerke, have put their names down.

Given the Covid situation, it is unlikely that there will be lockdowns, but we need to make our own decisions on our comfort with traveling at this time… We need to know – do we have the numbers to make a Tour work?

PLEASE EMAIL ME or leave a phone message BEFORE 1 March.

kohekohestud@xtra.co.nz  09 23 50 851


We have some new addresses to note

Myra is back in Kurow:
Myra Severinsen
Whalan Lodge
9 Diggers’ Gully Road
Kurow

The Jury family have moved:
Paul and Robyn Jury
1630 Mangaehu Road
RD22 Stratford
4392


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