Middlemarch Hereford stud breeder Will Gibson, along with
his bull Foulden Hill McCoy, placed third at the Hereford
national show at the AgInnovation event in Fielding in May.
Middlemarch Hereford and coloured merino sheep breeder
Will Gibson has had considerable success with his studs and, at
only 20, says he has known since he was born that agriculture
is the industry he wants to be in. It is something he is
Mr Gibson is a third-year student at Lincoln University,
studying agricultural commerce.
He has the Foulden Hill Hereford Stud and the Bluestone
Coloured Merino stud, both of which are based at his parents
Liz and Anton Gibson's 480ha property at Moonlight, near
They also run Santa Gertrudis cattle.
He attended the recent AgInnovation's Hereford national show
at Fielding with Foulden Hill McCoy, which was placed third
in the Honda Motorcycles Impact Sires section and sold for
Mr Gibson also received the Hereford Herdsman award. He was
delighted when Foulden Hill McCoy placed third.
''I was pretty happy to make it to the top six and when I got
to third place, I was pretty happy with that success.''
He started his coloured sheep stud when he was 9 after being
given the nucleus of his flock by his grandparents, who were
also interested in coloured sheep.
''The coloured sheep was just a hobby when I was a young
fellow,'' he said.
His Hereford stud started when he was 15 and he now has six
bulls for sale.
''I have close to 30 cows calving this year, and about 350
coloured sheep, including 180 sheep lambing, plus hoggets.''
All his coloured wool goes to Jane Shand Design, of
Christchurch, which makes baby blankets, scarves, shawls and
''I am continuing to improve on what I have got. I am happy
with the wool but there is still a lot more I can do.''
His sheep lamb at 142% to tailing and each sheep clips
between 4.5kg and 5kg.
The fibre ranges from 16 to 19 microns, with one line down to
He competes in A&P shows and started showing his cattle
in 2010 to promote his studs.
He enjoys judging and stock-handling competitions, winning
the transtasman wool judging competition in 2012.
That won him a trip to Perth.
Mr Gibson would like to eventually return home to continue
farming and to improve his wool production, but in the
meantime he is looking at options in the agri-commerce
sector, including marketing and focusing on the fine-wool
niche market,He will make a decision after finishing his
studies later this year.
''I always knew farming was going to be my thing since I was
born,'' he said.