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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 R1 sale will be Totaranui’s largest offering of bulls to date. The bulls will be largely low birth weight, with a few higher birth weight bulls for mixed age cow mating. The average birth weight breeding value for the bulls is 2.9 at the time of writing this, against a breed average of 4.3. There are PLENTY of safe heifer bulls to choose from, especially for those thinking of mating yearlings for the first time.

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 19 September at 12 noon.



A great line-up of bulls on offer at this year's R2 sale. Please email us for a catalgue to be mailed out to you, alternatively use the online ebook version below. The sale will be on 9 June at 1.30pm.



Please click here to read our May newsletter.


Greetings to you all,


In a troubled world it is becoming hard to pick what’s going to happen around the next bend.  We didn’t pick Brexit right, John reckons he got Trump right - most didn’t, but one thing we can get right is Angus is still the right breed to be aligned with!  There is so much happening from both the breed and market’s point of view we really believe Angus has a very strong outlook.


It’s here now and it’s real.  Premiums for quality beef, programmes that connect the breeder with the consumer.  Our marketers that have put these programmes together need to be congratulated from every angle, they have added significant value to the industry and paved a profitable pathway forward.  Angus Pure, FarmPure, BN Ranch and Meat EQ are examples of these programmes.  We submitted forward steers into one of these programmes just recently and were rewarded beyond expectation, mainly because our cattle hit the marble score targets and these steers were finished on steep hill country out at Makuri.  It’s fair to say that the premium was well ahead of the day’s schedule.  The catch is, beef has to marble and the beast must grow.  And this is the type of animal at Totaranui we have been breeding for a long time.


Of our sires, Totaranui 238 is one performer of note.  In the Beef and Lamb Progeny Test, against 48 sires across 5 breeds, Tot 238 came 4th for weaning weight, only beaten by 3 Simmental sires.  In the Australian bench marking progeny test cohort 5, against 48 Australasian sires, he came 13th for weaning and yearling weight, and 11th for birth weight.  Docility data from his progeny have given him a docility ebv in the top 10% of the breed.  There are plenty of his sons in the June sale to look at.


Pregnancy testing has gone well, with over 400 females being AI’ed.  This is very exciting for our genetic trends as the AI sires John bought back from the US are full of promise.  Cow numbers are up, so the selection base is wider, our ability to select for structure and genetic merit just gets stronger.  We have i50k all of the female progeny and the R2 sale bulls, utilising new technology to improve the estimation of genetic merit.  While this is expensive, and not many studs are doing it, it provides us and our clients’ confidence that we are at the front of the game and doing all we can to enhance estimated breeding values.


The bulls are looking great this year.  Please feel free to call in and view them.  We trust you are enjoying the autumn and look forward to seeing you here in June.


Kind regards

Daimien, Tally, John and Mary-Anne.


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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