Welcome to Millstone Red Devon Stud
Millstone Stud was formed with the registration of approximately 30 heifers and cows sourced from Graeme Dyke, subsequently cattle have been added from Kevin Fletcher and Wayne Aspin. Cattle have to compete with 2000 sheep and are run under commercial conditions.
Millstone puts emphasis on growth rate and structural soundness. All cattle are recorded on breed plan for birth weight, 200, 400 and 600 day weights. All females are spring calved and calve at 2 yrs of age. Males are left entire and the best are sold as bulls into dairy and beef herds.
Number of Cows
100-120 to bull every year
Number of Stud Sires
Size and Contour of Farm
Since July 2020 Millstone Stud has been located at the end of Boyle Rd, in the Ashley Clinton district, east of Waipukurau. The farm comprises 480ha of predominantly steep hills, with a balance of flats for green feed cropping/finishing.It is cooler, late spring country under the Ruahine ranges, rising to 550m and usually summer safe, not the last couple of years though.
Date of Annual Stock Sales
Approximately 30 bulls are retained for sale as both dairy and beef service bulls and a similar number of heifers are available annually once replacements are selected. Around 2000 sheep are farmed with the cattle. Mating occurs mid November for heifers and mid December for cows, predominantly natural mating.
Other Farming Activities
Around 2000 sheep are farmed with the cattle.
Natural or AI Mating
Mating occurs mid November for heifers and mid December for cows, predominantly natural mating.