Maungatawhiri Limousins – Success from traditional Full French breeding

North Island Limousin Breeders Bull Trial

Dorothy  Kroef is a regular supporter of the North Island Bull Trial where she has experienced success over a long period of time. The last two years have shown the value of proven overseas
Full French genetics.

                Top Price of the North Island Bull Trial Sale:
2014 – Mangatawhiri Hugo

                People’s Choice at the North Island Bull Trial:
2014 – Mangatawhiri Hartley

                Judged Best Bull at the North Island Bull Trial:
2013 – Mangatawhiri Gawan

Dorothy and Hein Kroef topped the North Island Limousin Breeders’ 20th Bull Trial Sale this year.  Maungatawhiri Hugo was sold to South Island Breeders, Don and Delma Robertson (Riverheights) in Ashburton.  Hugo weighed in at 664kg and was sired by the AI bull, On Dit out of Mangatawhiri Dahlia. He had great conformation, temperament and growth rates. 

At the same 2014 sale, Mangatawhiri Hartley (a Jeansonnet bull out of Mangatawhiri Daisy) was voted the people’s choice. Hartley was a close fourth in weight gain and weighed in at 646kg.

 At the 2013 Bull Trial Sale, Mangatawhiri Gawan, sired by another well known AI bull, Harris was judged the top bull of the trial. He was out of the same Dam as Hugo, Mangatawhiri Dahlia.


The photo shows the main Mangatawhiri herd, with cows about to calve.  Mangatawhiri Dahlia is the cow in the middle of the photo, side on.

North Waikato – The home of Mangatawhiri Limousins
The Kroefs farm 145 acres east of Pokeno, in North Waikato.  There are plenty of flats for calving and a river running through the property. Very picturesque. Hein has designed and built their own feedout wagon which can be used on the Kubota.  It is nifty and efficient. The farm has been hit hard the last two years with the crippling droughts in the region.  Their herd is a credit to their hard work and management systems.
Mangatawhiri’s Future Genetics

At the July North Island Limousin Group meeting, members were treated to a close up look around this highly successful stud.  Dorothy and Hein were great hosts and we were able to see the herd cows just prior to calving.  Maungatawhiri’s Full French herd showed all of the characteristics of traditional Limousin, with good size, structure and docility. The herd showed excellent examples of the benefits of AI using proven British and French genetics.  Females from On Dit, Harris, Jeansonnet along with Earthquake were on show.  Snake Gully Blarney was the home grown sire on the farm.  The cows were long (Stretch Limousins?) and of good size with the herd showing the traditional Full French muscling. 2014 calves will come from a range of other AI sires, including Donna Valley Polled Enterprise, the traditional Goldenview Krugerrand as well as On Dit and Earthquake. Snake Gully Fraser is the home sire for this year’s drop.

Dorothy Kroef with heifers about to calve.  Dorothy is pointing at Mangatawhiri Greta (an On Dit first calver)

Photos supplied by Liz Maslin.
Written by Peta Lean


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