THE WHANGARA ANGUS STORY
Tom and Roger Lane emigrated from Ireland in 1929 aged 16 and 18 to New Zealand. They came to Whangara, North of Gisborne and brought 200 acres from their uncle who was the parish priest at the time, Monsignor Lane. With a large debt they began dairy farming. Tom and Roger were able to extend their acreage by purchasing neighbouring farms to make up the 1800 hectares farmed today as Lane Bros Ltd.
In 1965 they sold the dairy cows and progressed into breeding Angus cattle both registered and commercial. They saw then that the Angus breed had a great ability to thrive on steep hill country and be very good converters of grass into quality beef and their instincts were proven right.
Patrick (Tom’s Son) took over the control and running of the Whangara Angus herd, and was the instigator and organiser of the beginning of on farm bull sales and private yearling bull sales. Patrick is still very much involved and passionate about Angus Stud breeding (current Angus NZ board member) and is an advocate for the breed building a successful New Zealand Beef Industry as a whole.
Patrick’s passion is driven by the team surrounding him. Farm Manager Robbie Kirkpatrick has been on board with Lane Bros. Ltd for 8 years, 2 as Stud Stock Manager with the last 2 as Farm Manager. Robbie has been instrumental in helping Patrick drive the breeding programme. Robbie has a great understanding of stud breeding and has strength in interpreting data and making informed and successful mating decisions as well as excellent animal husbandry skills. The rest of the team are Kristin Kirkpatrick, Administration, Marketing and Stud Database. Trevor Williams, Experienced Shepherd. Edward Rare, Fencer and John Love, Casual Shepherd.
The Lane Bros, Whangara Angus herd is now totalling 650 breeding cows registered and commercial, with plans of building up the herd number. Today focusing on genetic gain and profitability to get the very best quality beef produced is the way forward. The aim of this is being able to maximise the profit back to our clients. Our plan is to provide a great eating experience from our beef at Whangara Angus, get our clients more money in their pockets by meeting premiums and better yield and also to help the Angus beef industry reach new heights.
In June 2016 Whangara Angus celebrated 50 years of Angus Breeding and its 30th on Farm Bull Sale.