As I write, we are getting a nice drop of rain-but, we have had constant winds blowing from every quarter, since the start of summer-so, moisture deficits, which light summer rain does not replace! As usual, different conditions prevail New Zealand wide-our family in south Waikato have had huge volumes of rain right through winter, spring,and persisting into summer-every time we get 4 or 5 mls, they get 20-30 mls more! Farming wise, we are sorting which calves to register (contact us for calving forms) and which will be making up pens for the weaner fair in early March; we will delay pregnancy testing until late March, as we have our first calvers returning from grazing then. We have invested an some Dorper/Wiltshire cross ewes, as with low wool prices, shearing small flocks is an expensive exercise… it will be interesting to see whether the new additions are actually “easy care”; they are certainly good foragers, with good fertility…

We heard a great interview on the national radio last week – Michaela McCracken was interviewed on calf rearing for showing by an AUT Radio student, with segments on farm and on show day… well done Michaela. We are hoping to catch up with Michaela, and the Woolley/Pacey team, at the Franklin A&P show mid-February.
The Jury family are also delighted that daughter Kelly, who has kept them busy with her netball career for several years, has made it all worthwhile with a place on the Silver Ferns squad – so we will all be able to follow her career from now on. First international tour-South Africa, England and Wales, departing 24th January!

The main focus of the Newsletter is our long awaited TOUR registration – we have
booked an Hotel, the Devon New Plymouth which provides an ideal Conference Room
for our AGM – it even has a Bar, which will be open for the first ½ hour in case we are
thirsty after a days’ touring! AGM is booked for MONDAY 8th @ 5.30pm…
We are booking a room for the duration, ie Sunday 7th through weds 10th, as usual, we are adding our annual holiday to the Conference… there are PLENTY of things to do in and around New Plymouth, so an extra day, or two, is highly recommended!

The programme should shape up as below:

  • Monday 8th May.Bus to Tawhiti Museum,morning tea and lunch @Tawhiti.
  • Tuesday 9th May.Bus to Jurys’ farm near Stratford meet Paul and Robyn,and view their cattle breeding ops.
  • Lunch @Whangamomona Hotel
  • Wednesday 10th Carpool to Motunui Gas Plant, view  visitors’ centre/talk about the processes.
  • Garden Tour.

    Contact us for paperwork:

  • Calf Returns
  • Annual Subs
  • Booking tour, plus separate booking detail for Hotel-please book your Hotel room individually, so that you can ensure your requirements are sorted! The booking reference is included on the paperwork.