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As one of the largest farming agri-businesses in Southland, our operation spans drystock, dairy and cropping. WFL has invested in land ownership and management of their own properties and leased farms. They are a discerning agri-producer, forming strong partnerships across the supply chain.
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SPRING 2018 NEWSLETTER

Exciting news! Our sale dates for the up and coming sale season have just been confirmed.

Please join us in the Hawke’s Bay for our North Island sale on the 14 December 2018, or here in Athol our home farm in Southland on the 18 January 2019.

We have an extensive range of great options for our stag purchasers given our achievements extending various bloodlines and composite breeds. This stag season also sees the first of our stags sired by Cardrona, Mighty Image, Kennedy and Salzburg which are all Maternal type. These stags all feature strongly, increasing the depth of breeding we offer in our Maternal lines. Their best in class venison genetics, combined with strong velvet genetics ensures a high quality, multipurpose breeding hind or sire stag.

To ensure we are constantly developing these animals, we place huge importance on this focus on farm and this is well supported, using EMA scanning, CT scanning, DNA testing, data recording and monitoring.

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AUTUMN 2018 NEWSLETTER

With successful sales and unprecedented farm gate trends for venison prices, it is nice to share positive news.

We want to thank you for your support at both our recent North and South Island sales. It is a huge team effort to get all the stock to sale, so to achieve a total clearance at both of our sales was very pleasing, and we believe reflective of the standard of our stock and years of investment. In addition to our sale stock we were also able to fill extra requirements through private treaty sales of Red Deer and F1 Terminal Sires, so thank you once again for your support. We hope the stags you purchased have arrived safely and settled in well. +read more

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South Island Catalogues

Go here for the 2017 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (pdf in new page)

Go here for the 2016 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (pdf in new page)

Go here for the 2014 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (eBook in new page)

Go here for the 2013 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Full file, large download 11Mb)

Go here for the 2013 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part file, smaller download 5mb)

Go here for the 2013 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part file, smaller download 5mb)

Go here for the 2012 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Full file, large download 11Mb)

Go here for the 2012 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part file, smaller download 5mb)

Go here for the 2012 South Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part file, smaller download 6mb)

Go here for the 2011 Sire Stag Sale Catalogue

Go here for the 2010 Sire Stag Sale Catalogue

 North Island Catalogues

Go here for the 2017 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (pdf in new page)

Go here for the 2015 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (pdf in new page)

Go here for the 2014 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (eBook in new page)

Go here for the 2013 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (eBook in new page)

Go here for the 2013 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Full file, large download 9Mb)

Go here for the 2012 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Full file, large download 14Mb)

Go here for the 2012 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part A file, smaller download 5mb)

Go here for the 2012 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part B file, smaller download 5mb)

Go here for the 2012 North Island Sire Stag Sale Catalogue (Part C file, smaller download 5mb)

 

Field-Day Reports

DEER FIELD-DAY 14TH DEC 2011

Jason Archer 14-12-2011 (2)On the 14th Dec 2011 a very successful deer industry field day was held at the Wilkins Athol deer unit. A selection of the upcoming stags for sale were available for viewing plus some excellent speakers:

Programme:
11am Michael Wilkins – Introduction

11:20am Jason Archer (Agresearch) – Breeding values for venison and new developments around carcass traits including what they are and how to use them. Presentation here and more info here.


Graham Brown 14-12-2011 (5)11:40am Neville Jopson
(Abacus bio) Benefits of Ultra sound and CT Scanning, how different animals carry different traits and what the numbers in our sire stag catalogue mean in regards to improving meat. yields and the value this creates for your animals. Presentation here.

Abacus Bio Venison Report (pdf)


Midday-Lunch-Sample Venison cooked by Graham Brown.

Opportunity to view a selection of the Eastern Stags which will be for sale on 16 January.

1pm Alliance Marketing Executives John Rabbit& Innes Moffat DINZ 14-12-2011Katrina Allan – Benefit of high value carcass in the market place plus a venison market update. Presentation here.


1:30pm Graham Brown-DINZ Executive Chief.

Graham has been promoting venison over the last 15 years around the world. Why and how improving the quality of the animal can help us all in the market place.

There will be plenty of time for Q&A throughout the day.John Rabbitt-Alliance Group 14-12-2011
In attendance DINZ Executives including Innes Moffat – DINZ Venison Marketing Services Manager

The team at Wilkins Farming would like to take this opportunity to update our breeding objectives and how our progress is going achieving them.

 

Graham Brown 14-12-2011 (3) Graham Brown 14-12-2011 (4) Jason Archer 14-12-2011 (3)


DEER FIELD-DAY 16TH DEC 2009

On the 16th Dec 2009 a very successful deer industry field day was held at the Wilkins deer unit. A selection of the upcoming stags for sale were available for viewing plus some excellent speakers including:

JArcher Jason Archer: – Agresearch Breeding values: what they are, how they work and where Wilkins Farming sits on the industry ladder-notes here.
NJopson Neville Jopson: – AbacusBio Benefits of Untrasound and CT Scanning notes here.
TOConnell Terry O’Connell: – Alliance Group Benefit of high value carcass in the market place plus a market outlook for venison, notes here.
LWhite Lindsay White: – Gallaghers EID as a management tool.
GKinsman Graham Kinsman: PGG Wrightson Stud Stock Co-Ordinator
SimonCal Simon Culhane: – Southland Stags Coach Some behind the scenes yarns plus the Ranfurly Shield.
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Hind Sales

Go here for our 2012 Hind Sale Catalogue (PDF File)

Go here for our 2011 Hind Sale Catalogue (PDF File)

Go here for our 2010 Elite Hinds sale Catalogue(PDF File)

Below is the PGG Wrightson Stud tour video that recently was shown on RuralTV.