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To catch a glimpse of life here at Waikura Station you can watch our episode of Country Calendar here

More muscling reduces dark cutting

Exciting new research conducted at Western Australia’s Murdoch University by Peter McGilchrist and his colleagues has shown that increased muscling decreases the incidence of dark cutting.

This research is of significant value when the estimated cost of dark cutting carcases in Australia is around $35 million per year.  “Dark cutting meat is dry to taste, spoils very quickly, has variable tenderness and is very dark in colour,” said Peter McGilchrist. 

If muscling (EMA) is increased to an above average level (greater than 70cm2 for a 250kg carcase) the risk of dark cutting should be greatly minimised.  “To achieve this, producers should utilise sires with an estimated breeding value (EBV) for EMA higher than the average,” Farm Online.

To read the full article, visit The Land Farm Online

Hereford Prime Beef Supreme

Hereford Prime was named Grand Champion Brand at this year's Steak of Origin final event.  It seems that Hereford cattle are the best bet when it comes to achieving consistent unrivalled quality.  Secure yourself a Hereford bull at this year's sale and be part of the breed that is leaping ahead.  Congratulations Bowmont Wholesale Meats.  Visit the Hereford Prime website

Hereford sired cattle more profitable

The value of cross breeding with a Hereford bull has been proven in a recent American research project, where Hereford sired cattle were US$30 per head more profitable.

Read the full report

Agri Events

Keep up to date and view the latest Agricultural events in and around your region at the NZ Farmers Weekly NZX Agri Events page.




Hill Country Shorthorns

Hain Shorthorns

The hybrid vigour specialists

The Breeding Program

Hain Shorthorns are an integral part of the Hain Partnership farming business.  However, the core of our business is commercial sheep and beef production.  Like all New Zealand sheep and beef producers we are exposed to the same climatic pressures and price fluctuations that are out of our control, yet significantly impact on our bottom line.  Our commercial background has taught us to take advantage of the things that we can control - management and genetics.

As the old saying goes, ‘the only free lunch in the beef industry is hybrid vigour’.  Our commercial herd is based on this very fact.  We have learnt that crossbreeding is the best financial choice for our business.   Similarly, mating all yearling heifers provides earlier financial returns and faster genetic gain.

Genetics also have the potential to significantly impact on profitability.  Fertility, growth, muscling and temperament for example are largely controlled by genetics.  It is these traits that we have been consistently tough on over time.  This disciplined no second chances approach, has without doubt created a highly efficient, productive and economical herd, of which we are very proud.

What we have learnt about profitability in our commercial herd has governed the decisions we make in our stud herd.   We manage the stud cows in a way that exposes them to the same pressures as any commercial operation.  This has produced a line of cows that are fertile, docile, efficient and that will perform under all conditions.

The bulls that we offer for sale each year are a sound reflection of this and are bred on the hills for a working life not a sale day.   

We are Hill Country Shorthorns, Hain Shorthorns, specialists in quality beef production.  Take your business ahead by minimising your risk and maximising your production with bulls from Hain Shorthorns.


The hybrid vigour specialists

Cross breeding increases productivity and profit in any beef herd regardless of the environment.  This boost to production is the result of the hybrid vigour achieved when two or more breeds are crossed together.   

“Shorthorns are noted for their docility, calving ease, finishing ability, growth and marbling ability – traits that are valued by the commercial cattleman and are key elements in any crossbreeding program”.  Quote by Bob Freer, Australia. 

Take your herd forward by cross breeding with a Shorthorn bull from us.

For further information on Cross breeding - the last free lunch click here and for the Shorthorn Advantage click here.

Sam and Gemma Hain
06 867 8097
Sid and Merran Hain
06 862 8096