Te Kainga Farm
Sheep, Beef and Dairy
Nestled at the head of the fertile Mangatawhiri Valley, Te Kainga Farm is a 700 acre sheep, beef and dairy property. Farmed in the Lyons family for four generations, the land has been cared for and improved since my great grandfather, Robert Lyons walked onto the original 200 acre block back in 1867. Being the first settler in the area the local road was named Lyons Rd, and is still called so today.
Made up of 350 acres of easy to medium hill country and 350 acres flat, Te Kainga is a diverse farm which suits a mixed range of farming operations. Pockets of native bush and wetland gullies rich in native flora and fauna add to the farms attraction. The Mangatawhiri stream flows from the Hunua ranges and through our farm providing excellent stock water and great swimming holes.
Two stands of recently covenanted virgin native bush remind us of the old Te Kainga, when my ancestors first settled in 1867. Manuka clad hills are now the productive hill country where our lambs and cattle are grown. Swampy flats feeding the Mangatawhiri Stream were drained and cleared to leave fertile paddocks growing high quality mixed pastures, perfect feed for finishing our livestock to leave the farm in top condition.
The farm was certified Organic in 2007 with Assure Quality (Reg. 0697). Herbal and homeopathic remedies are always used. We use natural fertilizers such as reactive rock, worm castings and seaweed based mixes to create a balanced organic system for our grass and animals to grow on. All our weeds are controlled naturally.
We milk 180 Jersey cows once a day on the flattest of the land around the river. Our beef is born from that Jersey Herd. They are then hand reared by Jamie and Scott through the winter. We rear Jersey X Angus calves for their gentle nature, marbled cuts and lean carcass composition. Grown on Te Kainga, they have proven to produce lean tender meat of the highest standard.
We have a flock of 500 Romney ewes on Te Kainga. Our lambs are born and raised on the hill country each winter and our ewes do a great job of rearing top lambs. Our ewes are crossed with South Suffolk rams. The resulting lamb is very early maturing and produces a big carcass. We lamb for 5 months of the year to provide a year round supply of lamb to the market.