Our Romneys

Our Romney rams reflect our passion

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Ram sales

Annual ram sales

  • FE Gold Romney Rams for private sale from late November
  • Waikura Station, 1620 Pehiri Rd, Gisborne

All of our rams for sale are twins, DNA parentage verified, SIL recorded and have earned FE Gold status. They are tested Brucellosis free and carry a twelve month structural guarantee.

Hereford bull

Breeding Programme

At Waikura Station we believe in farming profitably, environmentally, ethically and sustainably. Therefore our Romney breeding program decisions must be aligned with these beliefs to ensure we achieve our goals.

The genetic decisions we make for our stud Romney flock have the power to impact on all of these things in particular profitability. To make the right genetic decisions we rely on our experience and stockmanship as well as objective tools. The rams we decide to use need to meet strict visual and measured criteria. We take into account all the SIL breeding values, family history and facial eczema testing information to make an informed decision.

Our Romney flock has become known for its facial eczema (FE) tolerance due to the pioneering and innovative thinking of Sid and Merran Hain back in 1984 when they began testing for FE tolerance. Our Romneys are now backed by a resounding 35 years plus testing history. This FE testing combined with robust productivity gives us tremendous confidence that our rams have earned the profitable, environmental, ethical and sustainable tick of approval.

We use almost exclusively our own rams as we know we can reliably trust the information, particularly the facial eczema history. We know that our rams SIL data is generated using honest and accurate information gathered over its own and its families lives. Electronically identifying and DNA sampling every lamb at docking means that we are gathering powerful information about that animal and it's parents. This recording of information continues until the rams are sold, ensuring that the published SIL data is generated by actual measurements and weights.

hereford calf

Breeding values are a function of genetics and environment, both playing a fundamental role in the performance of an individual animal. To ensure that we satisfy both parts of the equation we manage our stud breeding ewes alongside our commercial breeding ewes in a hill country environment. This commercial environment combined with a no second chances approach, gives us great confidence that our flock is exposed to very similar selection pressures as any other hill country station. This long standing approach has naturally produced an efficient, productive and profitable ewe flock backed by trusted genetics.