Enthusiastic Hereford breeders stopped at the Lighthouse Function Centre recently on their annual stud farm tour

Hereford breeders end Northland tour

by Paul Campbell

Around 100 passionate Hereford breeders have completed a tour of Northland stud farms recently and spent a day in the Kaipara area, stopping at the Lighthouse Function Centre for lunch.

Two busloads of people disembarked, many enjoying the view over the Northern Wairoa River as they chatted and shared information gained from their morning stops at Arahou, Bill, Wayne and Gaynor Lambeth’s property and the Kaipara stud of Sam and Kate Biddles.

The group travelled on to Ray and Alan McEvoy’s Moana stud before returning to Whangarei.

This year’s tour included stud farms in the mid-north, Whangarei, Dargaville and west coast, providing an opportunity to see different parts of New Zealand and chat with other breeders about their stock. “They travel every year to a different region to view bulls and their progeny in real time,” said breeder, Wayne Lambeth.

Hosted by the Northland Hereford Club, the members who joined the 2019 NZHA National Herd Tour visited 11 properties and participated in many other activities during their visit. Some of these included fishing, diving, history, ancient forests and stunning beaches in and around Northland.

The next major event for the NZHA is the World Hereford Conference to be held in Queenstown in 2020.