few hundred cattle
90 beehives in the Manuka bush
lots of dogs
2 beautifully appointed Air BnB houses to stay in
one stock manager
one beekeeper/infrastructure/crops/machinery/irrigation genius
one farmer Andy
and one amazing do anything Jan
and Nicola who processes the honey and makes anything you can think of
out of honey or beeswax.
Today 500 one-year-old lambs were taken to market in an enormous triple
decker truck, together with 30 rams.
Every 2-3 weeks, 500 lambs will go to market (8,000 are sold each year)
The shearers were here last week. Ewe wool only fetches a small amount
so shearing is a necessity, but a net loss. In times gone by a truck
load of wool could buy a new tractor for the farm. No longer.