The original 40-hectare Glanworth property was pioneered from standing bush in 1892.
With females purchased from Brackenfield, Waitaria and Taheke Studs, the angus herd was established in 1952. Additional cows have been purchased over the years from various dispersal sales.
Early sires included:
- Emperor of Ngawaka
- Empire of Incheoch
- Elect of Tataramoa
- Bruce 11 of Mangatoro
- V53 of Pinebank.
Performance recording began in 1962 and has continued since. Waigroup was formed in 1967 and since then sires have been selected from within the Glanworth herd and the other herds within the group. Several outside AI sires have also been used to provide a comparison to gauge the Glanworth cattle’s performance. We initially used 2yr old sires, but since 1978 have used predominately yearling sires. We have been mating all replacements as yearling heifers since 1977. The breeding focus has been on soundness, fertility, growth, low to moderate birth weight, temperament and carcase. The cows are there to enhance pasture quality for our sheep operation and to break in and develop some recently purchased steep, rough range country.
Joe & Lea began farming on their own account in 1988 after being in partnership with Joes father for 10yrs. The property has expanded from the original 188 hectares to now cover 850 hectares and is run as a breeding/finishing unit, wintering 600 beef cattle, 4000 sheep and 600 deer. Contour varies from flat, rolling to easy hill to steep hill. The location, situated at the foot of the Tararua Ranges, ensures year round rainfall (2000 – 2250mm annually) and good growth through the summer. Winters are very wet and cool.
‘I thrive on challenge and continually aim to meet market needs, while ensuring the integrity of the many years of Waigroup breeding is maintained.
There has to be a balance between frame size and growth. Commercial farmers need efficient, moderately framed cows that produce progeny, which meet the requirements of the market place for carcass weight and meat quality. I believe Waigroup is succeeding in achieving these efficiencies for which the Angus breed is renown. Our Steak of Origin wins in 2004 & 2005 confirm this.’