About Orari Gorge Herefords
The Nithdale Polled Hereford Stud was started over sixty years ago by Rosa Peacock’s father Charlie Tripp at Nithdale Station near Gore.
Charlie Tripp’s original main objectives are still the focus of the stud today; to breed structurally sound cattle with good conformation, constitution and high fertility. The stud heifers are run with the commercial heifers from weaning through to their first calving at two years old. Much of this time is spent on the hill to keep them fit for calving in a mob of nearly 300 which creates a lot of selection pressure.
Females have to get in calf at 15 months, calve unassisted and get back in calf every year. They have to wean a good calf with poorer mothers culled each year.
The cows are made to work through the summer cleaning up pastures to maintain pasture quality for fattening stock and then after weaning they go out onto the tussock country with the commercial cows for the autumn and winter at around 2,000 to 3,000 feet, frequently subjected to snow.
We have been performance recording for over 50 years with rigorous culling for structure, conformation, fertility, milk, growth and carcass values. All progeny are weighed at birth and regularly through their lives. They are all scanned for muscle and fat at 13 months of age. We also take scrotal measurements then as this measures early reproductive maturity.
All the bull calves are run as one mob from weaning right through to our main sale in June at 20 months. This helps improve the accuracy of their EBVs and helps us make accurate comparisons between animals with none getting any favourable treatment. It also ensures we have an efficient, predictable and reliable product which we are proud to stand behind.