Merchiston Angus was founded in 1955 by the late Lloyd Rowe. The stud was initially founded on 10 females from the Purdies, Tarangower stud.
Early sires that had an influence on the herd included:
+ Emperor 24th of Mangatoro
+ Foron of Waiterenui and his son
+ Foron 42nd of Merchiston
+ Princibet 2nd of Taimate
+ Kauere 47/74
+ Kauere A51
+ EN 479 of Waiterenui
+ Ranger 198 of Rangitira
+ Summitcrest Powerplay Mo32 (Imported - USA)
+ Pack Power Scotch Cap 889 (Imported - USA)
The herd expanded in the late 1980's after the sale of the commercial herd. The herd now totals approximately 250 breeding cows located here at Merchiston and on Glencorran Farm (the property of Mike & Kate Gee Taylor) at Rangiwahia.
The rising two year old bule sale is held in June on farm each year where we sell 45 - 50 bulls. Yearling bulls are sold privately in the spring mainly for yearling hiefer mating to commercial beef herds.
The aim is to consolidate the herd at approximatly 300 females, selling 80 - 100 bulls per year as both yearlings and two year old bulls.
Here at Merchiston our breeding programme aims to breed practical, high performing cattle that add value to our commercial clients breeding programmes.
All of the practices are designed to further improve both the herd here at Merchiston and further improve the breeding sucess of both our commercial and stud clients.
How we achieve this
1) Animal diet of predominately grass with the incorperation of grass bailage and hay.
2) Use of E.B.V's to evaluate and measure our performance.
3) Evaluating and keeping tight control of fertility by:
a) Culling all females that dont get in calf.
b) Mating all our yearling hiefers at 13 to 14 months.
c) Evaluating our bull fertility by morphology testing the semen of all our rising 2 year bulls going up for sale/kept as sires.
4) Intense evaluation of the structure of the animal both male and female by:
a) Culling animals which have poor foot structure and never trimming feet.
b) Breeding a consistent type of animal that has volume, depth, capacity, and thickness.
c) Breeding easier doing cattle that will perform on grass whilst maintaining performance.
5) Identifying cow families and crossing these cow families to maximise maternal performance.
6) Purchasing select females from other herds to:
a) Begin new cow families.
b) Strengthen certain traits, phenotype, and genotype.
7) Purchasing only top bulls that meet the phenotypic requirements of the herd.
8) Using semen from internationally successful bulls that can enhance our own breeding programme.
9) Applying commonsense and good stockmanship to everthing we do.