With the retirement of Arnold the stud is now run between three properties at Koromiko which is just out of Picton at the top of the South Island. The cows are calved unattended on a 52 acre block which is fairly summer safe. Here they are fed green feed and hay pre-calving and pasture supplemented with hay post-calving. At weaning the cows are trucked to a dryland hill country block where they remain until a month before next calving.
The weaned heifer calves are moved to a lease block where they are grown out on a diet of unirrigated grass, supplemented with hay. The bull calves are shifted to 'Totara Grove' (a 55 acre block) where they join the rising 2 year old bulls and are fed grass, green feed and fodder beet. This is also supplemented with hay / baleage.
The cattle are run under commercial conditions. Every cow must produce a calf and the herd is rigorously culled at weaning, mating and pregnancy testing ensuring only the best quality animals make it into or remain in the stud.
All Burtergill South Devons are grazed behind a single electric tape, they are used to being handled in yards, transported and worked with dogs.
We pride ourselves on the placid nature of our cattle.