Kevin & Megan Friel
Phone: (06) 376 4543 Mobile: Megan 027 625 8526
Kevin 027 667 7795
"What Mt Mable is all about"
High quality cattle that have longevity and produce a calf every year.
Click on the photo below to view a larger photo of Mt Mable 967 with her 12th calf a bull (Mt Mable 865 - was born 1/9/12)
Mt Mable mustering video
Some previous sale bulls
An important message from Mt Mable Angus.
“We do not send unsolicited messages to others who are unknown to us ................. ever”
MT MABLE ANGUS
31st ANNUAL ON FARM BULL SALE
held Monday 13th June 2016
38 bulls sold – average $6747, top price $10,500 twice to Marewa Station (Lot 13) and Chrystall Farming (Lot 3).
Thank you to all existing and new buyers and underbidders
Mt Mable Angus Stud was established at Ohura in 1967 by Allen and Maisie Friel, with the majority of foundation stock acquired from the renowned Puketutu Stud. Kevin and Megan took over the stud in 1997. The stud was moved to Pukerimu Station in 2008.
Mt Mable cattle have been tested on steep, wet King Country hills for over 40 years. The selection pressure of the higher altitudes of Pukerimu and extreme winter climate have ensured that Mt Mable Cattle will shift to all environments and continue to excel. Only those heifers that have proven themselves and have the attributes which we are looking for are introduced into the herd. The cow herd is rigorously culled on performance and conformation. All cows are expected to rear an exceptional calf, get back in calf and return to good condition every year – no exceptions. Kevin and Megan ran the 2200 acre Pukerimu Station by themselves with only casual and occasional part time help – with a health scare affecting Megan in 2015 and our reaching our 50’s a decision was made to downsize the farming operation and sell the sheep flock – this was done reluctantly as the romdale sheep flock was a result of 50 years careful breeding. In 2016 the cow herd and the family moved to a 650 acre property south of Dannevirke in the Kumeroa farming district. The property has a good mix of hill country for the cows and good flats where the bulls can be brought on slowly, and naturally on grass and hay/silage only as has been our practise for the last 20 years or more.
Our sire selection has always been careful and considered and we have resisted “boosting” our EBV’s (Estimated Breeding Values) through using fashionable and highly figured animals, especially where the figures appear to be their only redeeming feature. We believe in breeding cattle based on lines of pedigree and years of family performance rather than the recent trend of breeding “paint by number” cattle. In our view there is a real risk that the current "ideal" numbers are not suitable for any farming system other than intensive "feed lot" type finishing which is contrary to the requirements of hill country New Zealand type cattle. We continually assess our own, and other breeders' programmes, and cattle, to validate our position with regard to this. With evidence of poor feet, temperaments and constitution becoming more and more apparent in “performance” lines of cattle we are happy with our choices not to proceed down that path.
Sales have been held on our own property annually since 1986.
The Power of the NZ Gene pool – a proven experts view
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The power of the Mt Mable Angus gene pool – an actual view
“100% of steers sent accepted in EQ Master grade in 2016. 7 out of 8 steers in 2015. The national average is 29%”