Fresh Bulls in 2024

Limehills Throne 220672

This year, we have bought 2 herd sires and a package of semen. They have all been purchased with the aim of furthering our breeding aims. These are to breed cattle which will maximise profit for our clients.

The first is Limehills Throne 220672. He is a very attractive bull, as can be seen from the photo, with great rein of neck and presence and mobility. In addition, his figures are outstanding which are an indication of productive potential and therefore profit. He has top calving ease [top 5%], above average growth, superior scrotal circumference [top 5%]. This is an indication of fertility. On top of that, he has above average EMA [meat], top 1% fats and top 1% imf [indicative of carcass quality]. Unsurprisingly, his indexes for prime beef and for beef-heifer mating are in the top 1% for Australasia.

The second bull is Matariki Performer P24. He is a very upstanding bull with great head carriage and rein of neck accompanied by high calving ease for the heifer’s calf, high scrotal circumference ebv and high meat, fats and imf.

The third is semen from Koanui Lips T147. He is rated by Chris Chesterman as one of the best bulls they have bred and he has data to match. We are looking forward to using him in our programme.   

Upcoming Bull Sale

Mahuta Sniper 220014
Mahuta Sniper 220014

Happy Easter time to all our clients and friends. Hopefully you will have been able to take a break from farm work. We are aware that many of you have been badly affected by the weather and hope that you are managing okay.

Limehills Stardom 190158
Limehills Stardom 190158

We have had a some damage including a wrecked hay shed but in the scheme of things nothing to bad. We have had an excellent year for grass growth and all the stock are looking well. We have a lot of good bull calves coming up for sale in September with a variety of sires represented including Limehills Stardom 190158, Beechwood In Tome 7, and Yavenvale Knockout.

We look forward to meeting you in the spring.

Mahuta Heifer calf
Mahuta Heifer calf

Christmas Newsletter 2022

Christmas Greetings and Newsletter 2022

Thank you to all who supported our 2022 sale. We had a great sale with a record high average price for NZ Hereford yearlings and a record top price for us selling lot 5 to the Craigmore Stud for $14,000. Thank you too to our loyal clients have bought in the past. We are aware that high prices can put people off and we aim to have bulls for everyone’s budget. We will offer more bulls in the sale to try and achieve this.

Mahuta Ocean 8073 continues to do well at the BLG/LIC progeny test. This is a multi-breed comparison with Hereford, Angus, and Simmental being involved.

Ocean was below average for birth weight [37.5kg over cows], 2nd shortest for gestation, shortest time for calves days-to-weaning, first for 200-day weight and 3rd for 400-day weight. Given the advantages of the Hereford Breed over other breeds, this makes him very valuable. Progeny will be offered at next-year’s sale. 

This year we have bought Matariki Night Rider. He is a low-birth weight bull [bw ebv 2.2] with growth top 15% and high ema and imf. He is very correctly structured and has a very dark colour. We look forward to his seeing his progeny.

I recently attended a dairy-beef open day focussing on Herefords. I was concerned that some of the dairy farmers did not really understand ebvs. This is important because it indicates how potentially profitable a bull is given the requirements of a farm operation and therefore how much you can afford to pay for him. NZ Herefords may have another field day next year but if not I am thinking of hosting one here. I would be interested in comments from anyone who might be interested.

Wishing you all the best for the Festive Season and next year,

John and Mary Allen

Welcome to the new Mahuta website!

Limehills Stardom 190158

We have our website revamped and updated so that our visitors get the latest news from our Mahuta farm.

We are pleased to welcome to our stud Limehills Stardom 190158 purchased at the Limehills sale 2021 for $36,000.00. He is very attractive and sound. He also has performance figures at the top of the breed for Australasia.

Limehills Stardom 190158
Limehills Stardom 190158