Gerald Hargreaves, with his wife Sue, is the second
generation to run the Kakahu Angus stud which was started
in 1954 by his father K.H. Hargreaves and continues with
son Tom Hargreaves and his wife Anna. Photo by Ruth Grundy.
Angus cattle enthusiasts from around the globe began
their month-long celebration of the breed in the South Island
It is expected up to 500 will attend the four-day PGG
Wrightson World Angus Forum and the celebration of 150 years
of Angus cattle in New Zealand which began in Rotorua, on
Sunday. It will be followed by a tour of prominent North
Island studs and was preceded, last week, with visits to
well-known South Island breeders.
Courier Country joined about 150 people, including visitors
from as far afield as Canada, Scandinavia and Argentina, at
the pre-forum tour stop at Kakahu, near Geraldine.
The 1100 ha Kakahu property and stud is run by the Hargreaves
family; with Gerald and Sue, and Tom and Anna the second and
third generations respectively to run the operation.
The Angus stud was started in 1954 by K.H. Hargreaves,
Gerald's father,Mr Hargreaves said when he took over he felt
he ''began by floundering'' and it was not until he took a
trip to America he ''changed his philosophy'' about breeding.
The stud aims to breed high production animals with great
Kakahu used mainly United States bulls and they AI-ed rather
than using embryo transplant because of the cost, he said.
He was ''very strict' in his criteria when looking to buy,
choosing traits to give improved performance.
He was convinced the breed had developed to the point where
good New Zealand genetics were little different to good
American genetics, ''so we'll keep on this track''.
It was important to make beef profitable because dairy
grazing was ''killing'' the prime beef sector and the only
way to do that was through genetic improvement, he said.
'' ... see what the market wants and go out to meet it.''
The other studs represented at Kakahu were Fossil Creek,
Goldwyn, Twin Oaks, Floridale and Farfield.