- Te Hape is a 3,100 hectare effective operation with approximately 70% flat to rolling contour and 30% hill country. The operation is based around a traditional breeding and finishing operation with a sheep to cattle ratio of 62:38. The farm breeds all stock for finishing and no trade stock are purchased. The farm winters a total of 33,000 stock units.
- The sheep breed is from a composite base with the integration of Perendale genetics to increase birth weights and survival rates. In excess of 70% of the lambs are finished on the property.
- The cattle breed is primarily Angus and all progeny are retained with an equal split between bulls, steers and heifers all finished at a variety of ages to ensure a spread of sales, markets and risk.
- Significant development has occurred in recent year that has resulted in improvements in farm productivity and the quality of the asset.
- Wharekiri Station is a 1,080 effective hectare breeding and finishing unit with a greater emphasis on trading stock to spread market risk within the greater Tiroa E Trust. The operation is approximately 70% flat to rolling and 30% hill country. The farm trades a high portion of stock through the year on the basis of high margins / head. The farm winters a total of 13,500 stock units.
- The sheep breed is primarily Romney based genetics sourced from the Tiroa station unit. Lambs are mated to a terminal sire and all progeny sold. In addition to this additional lambs are purchased and traded through the summer and autumn.
- The cattle policy is based around a diverse mix of bulls, steers and heifers of which all are purchased into the farm unit. The policy is based around high growth rates and high efficiency to generate strong trading margins.
- The development of the land and asset is aimed at increasing the effective area on farm and improving base pasture production. The later undertaken through an intensive forage cropping programme to improve stock growth rates.
- Tiroa Station is now a combination of the previous Tiroa and Waipa farming units with a total effective farmed area of 3,170 hectare. The land class is approximately 50% flat to rolling and 50% hill country. The operation is based around a largely breeding operation which provides progeny into the Wharekiri finishing unit. The farm breeds all stock and no trade stock are purchased. The farm winters a total of 35,000 stock units.
- The sheep breed is based around combination of the Tiroa and Waipa flocks and primarily includes a mix of Wiltshire and Romney genetics. Around 50% of the lambs are finished on farm and the balance are traded internally with Wharekiri for finishing and off farm.
- The cattle breed on Tiroa is a traditional Angus herd and all male progeny are sold either to Wharekiri for finishing or to the store market. Female progeny are retained and grown out with surplus heifers sold primarily as in calf animals.
- Significant development continues on Tiroa station to ensure this farm can continue to increase its performance as a breeding farm. As this further increases there will be more of a shift back to finishing any surplus animals that are not traded internally.