Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Inc.

The Farms
Wharenui is the largest of the four farms run by the Incorporation. Wharenui is located on the eastern boundary of the city approximately 7 kilometres from the city centre. The total land area is 1561.5 hectares of which 1126 hectares is farmed, 319.8 hectares is in productive forestry and 95.6 is in conservation planting.

Tihiotonga is located on the southern boundary of Rotorua City approximately five kilometres from the City Centre. The total land area is 818.4 hectares of which 665 hectares are farmed and 90 hectares is in production forestry and 45 hectares is in conservation.

Ngongotaha is located on the western boundary of Rotorua City approximately five kilometres from the city centre. The total land area is 586 hectares of which 320 are farmed, 127 is in production forest and 128 is in conservation.

Farms (per head of)

  Total Wha Tihi Ngon Wha F

Sheep and Beef

1831

846

665

320

-

Dairy

-

-

-

-

280.4

Forestry

536.8

193.9

90

127

4.3

Waste - Blogs / Yards / Tracks

57.8

315.5

18.4

10.9

9.8

Conservation

140.6

75

45

128

20.6

Horticulture

10

10

-

-

-

TOTAL

2,965.9

1,246.5

818.4

585.9

315.1


Key:    
Wha: Wharenui Ngon: Ngongotaha  
Tihi: Tihiotonga Wha F: Wharenui Gee Road Finishing  

 

Sheep & Beef & Deer Farms
Trevor Smyth is the Manager of Farming and is experienced in high performance large scale operations.

The farms are now run as a single co-ordinated farming business with the different classes of animals located on the most suitable blocks of land to maximise production for sale. This allows the different farms to complement each other.

The livestock policies are designed to maximise trading profits in grass production and market prices for stock on an environmentally sound and sustainable basis. The fencing systems aim to maximise high quality grass production, harvest as much as possible with high performance animals producing a spread of high value proteins and products (lamb, beef, venison, milk and wool) and market this production to the best advantage.

Sheep
The breeding flock consists of 9.5k higher performing ewes which produced 138% lambs this spring. All sheep and lambs are well fed and all lambs are sold prime to the freezing works at high prices. 4000 - 4500 net purchased for finishing.

Cattle
700 Bull calves, 400 steer calves and 500 heafer calves are purchased during the winter. these calves are born in the autumn and arrive on the property at 105 - 110 kgs liveweight. These cattle are farmed for 15 -20 months. Target kill weights for the Bulls 275kgs, stears 285kgs and heafers 230kgs.