Waimara Angus was founded in 1988 on a small property in Te Anau. It began with 4 cows from Monty Ericsons Matanaka and 4 cows from Cottesbrook. In the early days, 5 cows a year were bought into the stud from Te Mania. These cows were in calf to a Scotch Cap. In 2016 the stud was moved to a new lease at Tumai – this is a 560ha coastal property in East Otago which experiences a dry summer. In 2013 Waimara purchased 50 cows from Braxton Angus Stud. After 30+ years of leasing in 2017 we had the opportunity to purchase our own stand alone block, 600ha in Middlemarch on the Rock and Pillar – this block ranges from flat to medium/steep tussock hill country. Now the stud consists of almost 200 in calf cows as well as heifers and we sell 25 to 30 beef bulls plus yearlings every year.
Artificial Insemination was introduced from the beginning and has been used extensively over the past 24 years. In the early 90s we followed the trend of using American bulls and our herd consisted of approximately 80% American genetics. Over the years though, we have chosen to revert back to NZ bloodlines, although not excluding overseas genetics in pedigrees if they have a proven track record in New Zealand. Waimara Angus has also stopped using sires that we have not personally inspected ourselves. We trust in breeding cattle based on pedigree and family lines for performance and soundness.
Our family welcomes you to Waimara Angus, founded by Tom and Sally and shared with their 3 children and partners. With the next generation keen to continue breeding Angus as well as the strong influences of Monty Ericson we are proud to say that Waimara is already spanning 3 generations. We look forward to watching our family continue to breed quality sires long into the future.