Over three days in mid-March, nearly 80 people enjoyed the hospitality of the local ward members. It all started on Sunday night with a cocktail party at Hotel Coachman in Palmerston North, where Manawatu Mayor Helen Worboys welcomed the participants to the region.
An early start on Monday morning had the group on buses under the guidance of tour leader Bruce Orr. Atahua Angus was the first stop, and as you would expect, a top array of MA cows, yearling heifers and stud sires greeted the tour party.
Then is was across the Rangitikei River to Merchiston Angus, where there were cows with bull calves on display, as well as in-calf yearling heifers and approximately 50 sale bulls. A homestead tour was taken, proving its usual delight as an attraction in itself. FMG provided a lovely lunch on the lawn on what was a gorgeous, sunny day.
Atihau Whanganui Incorporation farms provided an interesting afternoon in Ohakune. The group travelled through a collection of stations, including Ohorea Station, and concluding at their finishing block, Ohutu Station. Viewing a group of steers destined for the AngusPure Special Reserve program were a great way to finish the day.
Day 2 had us arriving first at Ranui Angus, after a trip down the Parapara Highway. Once again, a superb display of MA cows and calves, heifers and sale bulls were on show. Ranui W was also visited, where the group viewed more impressive cattle and a group of white Hereford cattle, originally bred by Lindsay’s grandfather.
Wairere Angus, owned by Cedric and Jackie Lander was next, where a group of big, well conditioned cattle greeted the buses. Jackie’s scones went down a treat, as they always do!
Pine Park was the last stop for day 2 and Edward and Philson Sheriff’s array of sale bulls and heifers did not disappoint.
The evening entertainment was a meal of AngusPure beef at Orlando Country and the group participated in the Generation Angus auction, which fleeced participants of nearly $12,000 – all to a good cause.
Day 3 dawned with light showers, which did little to dampen the enthusiasm for visiting Ngaputahi, where the Cameron’s had a very well presented group of cattle on show. A visit to the Tru-Test Angus Bull Unit concluded the short and very enjoyable tour, where all the bulls are in superb condition.
Special thanks must go to Richard Rowe and Michele Dalziell for organising the tour, as well as to all the Manawatu/Whanganui Ward members.