Further recognition for Ben More stud
Winning the stud section of the Beef Heifer Competition at the inaugural 2018 Malvern A&P Show for heifers was a proud moment for Warrick James of Ben More Limousin Stud. Judges commented that they were pleased with the heifers’ temperament and muscling in their loins and hindquarters.
The win is further recognition of the lifetime’s commitment that the Central Canterbury family has given to the Limousin breed, with the Ben More Stud started by Warrick’s father, Roger.
“A consignment came in from France in 1973 and my father got two of the heifers from that so we’re probably the oldest existing Limousin Stud in New Zealand and Australia,” says Warrick.
“We chose the breed because of their high yielding carcass – more red meat – less bone and fat.”
Ben More Stud was initially started on the family farm in Springﬁeld, but after that property was sold, Warrick and his wife CeCe bought their current property at Flagpole in 2010, bringing the Stud with them.
Located in the Selwyn Gorge in the Canterbury foothills, two farms totaling 1500ha are farmed together, within walking distance of each other.
The farming platform is reduced by 640ha, which has been planted in pine and douglas ﬁr trees. “It’s mainly developed downs land and tussock country—there’s not a lot of ﬂ at land,” Warrick say of his farm.
“There’s good rainfall with no irrigation. We have severe winters with moderate summers.”
Warrick and CeCe run 1900 Perendale mixed age ewes and 700 hoggets to the ram. “We have 120 of our own Limousin breeding cows, wintering all calves on fodder beet.
With R1 and R2 heifers and bulls we have 280 cattle in total.” In addition to his own herd, Gary Kennett and Marilyn Montgomery farm their Piwakawaka Stud at Flagpole.
The two herds share genetic material, knowledge and Gary’s AI expertise assists in the progress of the studs. Warrick says selling store heifers at the Coalgate Sale yards in November is an important date on their calendar.
“Our yearling heifers do extremely well there. Last year the best of them made $4.89kg and the second line achieved $4.64kg liveweight. “’m very pleased with that—it’s quite extraordinary really.”
He says the bulls are run through into the second winter and depending on feed the tail end are slaughtered and the rest sold as breeding bulls, with a few sold at the Dunsandel bull trial.
This article was brought to you in association with the following New Zealand businesses… Ben More Limousin, Ellesmere Transport, WA Boyes Contracting Ltd