In 1915 an Irishman, Herbert Johnson, brought his family to Tokirima and began farming. He was my grandfather. Today that original farm is part of Paparata Station.
Paparata runs between Tokirima and Tatu, 30 kms west of Taumarunui. Access is by the ‘Forgotten World Highway’. Some of Paparata is steep, as you will see if you drive the ‘Forgotten World Highway,’ which links the King Country with Taranaki.
The station’s 4700 effective hectares are typical of the area being Maeroa ash terraces, mudstone hills and river silt flats. Rainfall is in the 1600mm to 1800mm range. We winter 5000 cattle and 23000 sheep that include 18000 Romney ewes.
The farming focus on Paparata has always been on improving productivity and efficiency. Management has been innovative and quick to adopt new technology. It is a philosophy of the farm that to’ stand still is to go backwards’. You cannot afford to do this year what you did last year and our sheep breeding programme exemplifies this. We have invested in new technology and expect the investment to provide high returns to the station and our ram clients. More information is provided on the page titled ‘About’ under ‘Breeding Programme’.
While genetic development is a very important tool in our breeding programme, the history of our sheep is too. The ‘History’ page tells how the Paparata sheep have evolved to be a high performing flock in a challenging hill country environment. It has been a case of’ survival of the fittest’.
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