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.