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Our Story

Lane; a name synonymous with the East Coast and Angus.

The Lane brothers, in one guise or another, have been farming the hill country around Whangara since 1929. It’s tough country, that demands and gets the best out of both farmer and animals.

A Short History


In 1929, aged 16 and 18 respectively, Tom and Roger Lane emigrated from Ireland to New Zealand. They bought 200 acres at Monsignor Lane from their uncle, who was the local preacher.

They started in dairy, saved hard, and bought farms around them to increase the original holding. In 1965, they sold the dairy herd, bought more land, and started breeding Angus, because they saw the breed’s ability to thrive on the rugged steep hills and convert grass into great beef.

Today, Whangara Angus is established as a top NZ Angus stud; at the region’s last sale, our bulls commanded the highest commercial bull prices in the region, and our paddock bulls sold out within a fortnight of the sale ending. Our low birth weight bulls also sell out every year.

If you’re interested in learning more about our ‘bred for better beef’ programme or want to express interest in our cattle, get in touch now.

The Farm


Long before it was the done thing, the Lane Brothers fenced off the farm’s waterways and left stands of native bush to flourish in the hill country around Whangara.

It’s a practice that continues to this day, and the farm is dotted with stands of bush, enormous trees – in particular several stately Totara – and the streams run cool and clear. All our paddocks are grass, reducing the use and effects of fertiliser too.

If there’s one thing we apply to our farming practice, it’s quite simply this: look after the land, and it’ll look after you.

And when we say hill country we mean hill country. All our bulls spend their first year up on the hills, right in the steepest bits. That way, we know they can take whatever it is the hills might throw at them. Tried and tested hill country commercial bulls that are bred for better beef. That’s our guarantee.

Check out the Whangara hill country here: