» About the Raukawa Farm

We are situated on a 35h property in Raukawa Hawkes Bay, we run both sheep and miniature Herefords at 75/25 stock uniys. We have been going since 2007 and were registered in 2008 New Zealand Herefords Association and Miniature Hereford breeders group. We run 20 miniature Hereford cows plus replacements consisting of 6-10 heifers and the rest are sold.

Herefords of Raukawa are aiming to supply the meat market, thanks to there bulky compact nature and excellent feed conversation ratio’s, they have a higher yield. 5 steers and bulls have been sold to Silver Fern Farms, which weighed 58 - 60% of live weight. Using a miniature bull over dairy heifers produces easy calving and white face progeny that fetch a premium price at sale yards.

Miniature Hereford Cattle

In 1997 the first Miniature Herefords were imported into New Zealand from Australia and embryos from Canada. These embyros were then implanted into recipient heifers and this progeny was the start of the first Miniature Herefords born in New Zealand. The interest and demand for these smaller Herefords has since exceeded all our expectations.
 
» Why should you own a Miniature Hereford?
You might think that it is not very often something really new comes along, well this is far from the truth. So many of our ideas are changing, old products and ideas are developing into completely new value and meaning.
Traditional farmers have spent the last 40/50 years breeding their cattle larger in order to equate more returns from carcass prices paid by meat processors. Today with the explosion in numbers of small acreage farms, owners are looking for business opportunities that are financially viable and easy to manage. They are looking for meat carcass yields to give them goo dollar returns but also ease of handling and manageability on small acreage is essential. Miniature cattle can offer these opportunities and out-perform the large breeds in many important ways.
 
» Investment Potential
There are still very few Miniature Herefords in the world, so there are many years of investment breeding phase ahead of you offering the prospect of many years of premium price for your progeny and embryos.
 
» Less Overheads
Their small size means that you will need less expensive fencing, stockyards, handling equipment and transport facilities.
 
» Registered Pedigree
They are a registered pedigree with the Hereford Societies and there is a conscious movement to uphold the purity of this breed to ensure its value in the future.
Miniature Herefords must first be registered with the Hereford Association prior to being eligible for registration in the Miniature Hereford Association along with showing bloodline history of five generations back.
 
» Known to Vets
No need for specialised veterinarians, you can use your local one, as they all know Herefords.
» Easy to Handle
Because they are smaller and have a docile temperament, they are generally easier to handle and move than the larger size cattle. They are enjoyable to work with, are less intimidating and are ideal for farmers who don't have a lot of cattle handling experience.
 
» Efficient Feed Converters
Early studies indicate that they have a better feed conversion rate than the bigger cattle. This means a higher production of beef per acres of land and therefore more profit!
 
» Quality Meat
The quality of the sought after meat was not compromised, and was an important component of the selective breeding process.
 
» High Bone Out
Miniature Hereford cut a 25% higher yield of meat per live weight than some bigger cattle, yet still fit into a good sized family chest freezer and make an ideal 'home kill' product as well as being commercially viable.
 
» Popular
Herefords are one of the most popular cattle breeds in New Zealand and in many countries around the world so it will be easy to sell yours in the future - the market is already there!
 
» Genetic Heritability
Miniature Herefords have to ability to reproduce consistently true to type, which is especially important if your entering a breeding programme.
 
» Light weight
Their lighter weight causes minimal damage to wet pastures, which means less feed loss and less damage to the environment with topsoil runoff.
 
» More Calves
You can increase the number of calves on your land than you would otherwise have with the larger breeds. This can give you two calves to sell instead of one each year.