The Whitfords at Waikaretu

The Whitfords have been in Waikaretu since 1938.

Up until very recently brothers Richard and David farmed successfully in partnership along with their wives Elizabeth and Lyne.

A succession plan saw son Tom and his wife Nicole, form a new company and a new farming partnership with Richard and Elizabeth.

June 2016 saw the 4th generation of Whitfords born in Waikaretu when Tom and Nicole welcomed their son Mac.

Nicole grew up in the local rural town of Pukekohe. She has a retail buying business in Auckland where she employs 3 staff. Nicole currently travels into her office in Auckland two times a week.

Richard and Liz’s daughter Claire and her partner Brad, live in Auckland. Claire works in the banking industry and Brad is a golf professional. Although living in Auckland for many years, Claire and Brad love coming out to the farm when they get the chance.

The Whitfords take full advantage of farming on the coast. They love getting out on the water when they can to get a fresh feed of snapper and crayfish.

Richard, Liz, Tom and Nicole are excited about being part of the Coastal Spring Lamb family. They were considering dropping their sheep numbers but supplying CSL has got them excited about farming sheep again. “We work extremely hard to deliver quality lambs, and to know that the team on the other end of the production line is working as hard as us to add value to our product is very satisfying.”

Whitford Farms

Whitford Farms is located in coastal north Waikato, Waikaretu. The home block of 785 hectares and lease block of 185 hectares is run in partnership by Richard and Elizabeth and their son and daughter inlaw, Tom and Nicole.

We lamb 2700 ewes and 900 coopworth ewe hoggets. Lambing starts in July with the hoggets starting in September. All lambs are finished on farm. Over the years we have worked very hard to breed a very high performing ewe flock. In 2016 our MA ewes tailed 172% and hoggets 127%.

140 fresian Hereford cows are mated to charloais bull and are calved from mid September. All progeny are finished on farm. 260 fresian bull calves are bought in each year in late spring and are taken through to 2 ½ year olds.

The introduction of growing pure swards of plantain and clover in 2012 has given us the ability to grow out our lambs faster which results in a premium product for the customer.