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The Totaranui Philosophy

For over 25 years now a Totaranui cow must have been in calf as a yearling – no exceptions. She must then get into calf every year after. She has to do her job on the farm cleaning up for the ewes – her place is behind the ewe rotation. Selection pressure is high. If she can’t bounce back after a hard winter and spring she is out. And she’s got to let us pick up her calf immediately after calving, weigh and tag it without being unfriendly, or she’s culled. It’s not easy being a Totaranui cow.

The Totaranui bulls inherently have these qualities; they will sire fast finishing steers, and pass on valuable maternal traits to your herd.

In sire selection there is no compromise in structural soundness. We have a strong focus on 400 day and carcass weight, and carcass traits. We search locally and globally – simple population genetics: the bigger the population base the better the chance of finding cross-trait excellence.


This year’s bulls on sale at the Totaranui yearling sale offer plenty of choice for everybody. With over a 100 bulls catalogued no one should leave the sale disappointed they have missed out, including those looking for cow bulls. Angus low birth weight bulls are becoming more popular because they are predictable – you can be reassured they have been bred for heifer mating, have been weighed at birth and have good ebv sets for ease of calving. Research suggests that the biggest influence over successful heifer mating is bull selection. It’s not the only factor, but a very good start.

This year’s calving season has been good with kind weather early on, then the return to the normal horizontal rain for a week has bought us back to reality. All the best for the spring, may the lamb and beef prices stay sustainable. We look forward to seeing you on sale day, please feel free to call in to view the bulls anytime.

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Here's some drone footage of Totaranui, nicely edited by Alex Beach...follow this link.


A trend is important for a stud breeder, a commercial breeder and a finisher, as we’re all in it for one thing, to pay the bills and have some profit on the other side. We want to know where the genetics are taking us in relation to where the market is going. A commercial breeder is not a lot different to a stud breeder, the sire selection decisions he or she makes impacts on their herd for generations – the daughters from a bull purchase will be in the herd for potentially 10 years – and their daughters, and so on. To make a change in one’s program, therefore, takes time, and quite some consideration in the genetics to use.



On 10 September 2014, with the assistance of Beef and Lamb, Totaranui held a 2yo calving workshop.

"Totaranui has calved two year olds for over 20 years. Presently, across 2 properties, we mate 200 yearlings.  Many farmers do more, we are not doing anything special, but in the context of some clients being reluctant to try yearling mating, or having had unacceptable losses, we wondered if there was something we could do to help.  While 2 year old calving is on the go, we thought we should pull together recent research and qualified people into a workshop. This might be a useful forum to give people confidence in yearling mating".

50 people turned up and it was enjoyed by all, with Dr Rebecca Hickson (Massey University), Phil Tither (AgFirst) and Andrew Dowling (PGGW) speaking. Paul Gough, farm manager at Puke Te, talked about his set up and how he manages calving and feeding heifers up to and beyond mating and calving.

Click here for Andrew Dowling's speech notes.

Click here for Phil Tither's notes.

Click here for Dr Rebecca Hickson's notes.



Most of the early Totaranui Angus bloodlines came straight from Scotland – both foundation cows and several bulls.
Norman and Gwen Hoggard started the Totaranui Romney Stud and Totaranui Angus Stud at their first farm in Greytown, moving to what is now the home farm, Totaranui, near Pahiatua in 1944, when their daughter Mary-Anne was young.
Mr Hoggard was originally from Pahiatua – his father had a farm on the back fence of Totaranui.  Norman used to dream as a boy and tell his father he was going to own that farm one day. He lived to see him do it...

Daimien Reynolds and Tally Jackson
email >> bulls@totaranuistud.co.nz
phone >> (06) 376 8400
mobile >> 021 430 710
John and Mary Anne Jackson
phone >> (03) 573 8401

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