Located between the Whangaroa harbour the beautiful Bay of Islands in Far North of New Zealand is the Matauri Angus Stud. First established in 1945, the number of females has steadily risen to number over 400 in 2012.
The supply of commercial sires for the New Zealand grass finished beef market is the cornerstone of our market.
In addition stud sires and females are sold throughout New Zealand and embryos and semen sold worldwide.
At Matauri Angus our breeding program is based on the following commercial disciplines:
- Females are fed grass only and run on steep hill country at a high stocking rate
- Calving takes place in late spring allowing feed demand to fit the natural grass growth curve.
- Heifers are mated as yearlings to calve as two year olds and all females must rear a live calf every year.
Phenotype and structural soundness rank above EBV’s in importance within our program. The balance of these three key elements with minimal compromise is seen by Matauri Angus to be the art of cattle breeding.
Three generations of the Maxwell Family have been involved in the breeding that forms the background of Matauri Angus, with the next generation just starting to provide their input.
The purebred Angus operation started with the first registered calves being born on Peter Maxwell’s property at Mangamuka Bridge in the Hokianga in 1958. This herd was run under the Ballochmyle prefix and was farmed on fairly challenging hill country. Peter’s son Bruce Maxwell followed on and established the Matauri prefix with registered calves born from 1964.
Black Banner of Matauri, born in 1966, became the first widely used Matauri sire. Matauri gained Australasian recognition when a son of Black Banner was exported to Koojan Hills Stud in Western Australia; this was the first of a number of Matauri bulls to be exported.
Since the early days, Matauri Angus has continually evolved and embraced pioneering practices. They were only the second Angus stud within New Zealand to adopt the method of calving heifers as two year olds. They were also one of the first herds to use Beefplan, the first available weight recording system within New Zealand.
Matauri also became the first stud in New Zealand to recognise the importance of Scrotal Data and to use it as an integral part of the selection process.
Matauri Angus will continue to seek out and implement new and improved methods to ensure that the very best bulls possible will be available to its clients, both commercial breeders and stud breeders.
- Evolution through Commercial Discipline -
At Matauri Angus we have a range of stud sires available for your breeding requirements. All AI sires must pass stringent standards for structural fundamentals along with temperament before being included in our lineup. With the overall genetic pool of the Angus breed becoming far too narrow we strive to provide a wide range of outcross options to breeders. Balanced EBV’s, carcass data and high growth performance are important criteria for the selection process.
Download our Spring 2016 AI Catalogue
At Matauri Angus we provide a professional service for all your embryo requirements. We can flush embryos of your choice from any of our highest performing females. The herd has upwards of 350 females available. Please contact us for further information.
Colin is the principle at Matauri Angus after taking over from Bruce Maxwell, Colin's father in the 70's. Being involved in breeding cattle through his entire life Colin is lucky enough to have made his passion into a successful career in the Angus breed.
Sharon, Colin's partner is responsible for the welcoming hospitality experienced by guests to Matauri Angus. Her catering at the Matauri sales have become somewhat famous. Administration is also one of her strengths at the Stud.
David is the forth generation involved in the Stud at Matauri Angus. His part time contribution through marketing, online and business strategy complement the team. When he is not working at Matauri he is running a successful bespoke travel business.
Colin Maxwell at
341B Matauri Bay Road
- +64 (09) 4050 357
- +64 (0) 21 341 501