Monday, January 17, 2011

Beck Farm Visit Report (Saturday, Jan. 15)

Super nice visit to Beck family farm in high country near Taumarunui on New Zeland's north island. The visit was hosted by John & Ailsa Beck and their son, Roger, and his family and daughter and her family, as well as several friends and neighbors.

We started with lunch of sheep meat and beef and all the trimmings. We then loaded on back of pickups for high country ranch tour of sheep, cattle and native forest (see pictures in separate post).

The Beck farm has 4,600 sheep mainly Romney, 160 cattle mainly Red Stabilizers, and 150 dairy heifers.
John and son Roger and family provide all the labor. Production 140% lamb crop and 100% calf crop.

This was the most scenic farm we have seen thus far. John and Ailsa have visited SD and stayed with Cammack’s and Gee’s. John was wondering why Cole Briggs was not on the trip.

Report by Dan Gee