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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.


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


The upswing of prices has certainly buffered the impacts of some major climatic events around the country. We had a very wet spring, then only 8ml of rain in November and December; that all fell in the first week of November. That’s unusual for us here in Pahiatua where we stock up for growth upwards of 45kgs per day. Needless to say things got short, and after some fortunate January rain the quality became better than most years, so the ewes are in good condition. The cows, now behind the ewes, however, may have a hungry winter without as much tidying up required.

The bulls have come through well enough, although they were significantly impacted by the wet then dry that followed. They have showed some compensatory growth and that they can recover after some pressure, true to the breed.

We look forward to seeing you here on the day to view the bulls and enjoy our hospitality.

Please email us for a catalgue to be mailed out to you, alternatively you can use the online ebook version below. The sale will be on 8 June 2018 at 1:30pm.



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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