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Est. 1962


Te Taumata Ewes and Lambs Early Spring 2011


Two of our 2014 Homebred Sires


Some of our Top Performing Two-tooth (1 yr old) Rams Sold in 2011

Breeding Program and Objectives

Te Taumata Romneys are bred to optimise production; they are bred to perform without additional inputs needed, in order to maximise profitability.  We take a balanced approach to trait selection with constitution the key.   Te Taumata Romneys are run at high stocking rates in the driest district of the Wairarapa.  Rapid lamb growth to prime killable weights is important without excessive mature ewe size.   We put emphasis on lamb weight weaned per ewe with a  docking rate of 150%.

Te Taumata ewes are not 'flushed' in any way before mating.  Te Taumata ewes have the ability to rapidly gain body condition on spring pasture and hold onto this condition grazing pasture 'top' through the dry summer and early autumn.  Autumn rains typically do not arrive until well into the mating season.  This selection pressure gives us the confidence that Te Taumata genetics will thrive in tough conditions and gain top production in favourable farming environments.

We have always maintained a very high standard of quality and weight of wool in our sheep despite low returns.  We believe that wool is a premium fibre with a strong future.


2008 Ewe Hoggets

Te Taumata Breeding Programme Focus:

  • Ewe constitution and longevity

  • Lamb weaning weight and carcass weight

  • Fertility

  • Lamb survival

  • Wool production

  • At Te Taumata our primary breeding objective is to breed rams that best combine all of these important traits, using performance data/EBVs along with visual selection and common-sense stockmanship.

The Te Taumata Romney and Border Leicester flocks are based on top New Zealand genetics. Rams are sold throughout New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands, and have also been exported to Australia, Chile, Nepal and Bulgaria. Flock rams are available via on-farm paddock sales in November and December. Seedstock rams are available privately on-farm and at selected sales.  We encourage pre-sale ram inspections and are happy to discuss individual client requirements.

JA & AR McWilliam,   Te Taumata,   150 Te Kopi Road,   RD4,   Masterton 5884,   Email: studstock@tetaumata.co.nz