Archie tries hand with Suffolk stud

Wairoa teenager formed Rakaipaaka Suffolks stud when he was 12. Now he's 14 and has 93 ewes.

Wairoa teenager formed Rakaipaaka Suffolks stud when he was 12. Now he's 14 and has 93 ewes.

GOOD STOCK: Wairoa teen Archie Bayly is pleased with his two new Suffolk rams from separate studs, one from a local breeder and one from the South Island.

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WAIROA — A Wairoa teenager is making a name for himself in the farming scene with the success of his Suffolk sheep stud, Rakaipaaka Suffolks. Archie Bayly is 14 and has a passion for farming. Growing up on Te Tiki Station and now living on Tahaenui Station near Nuhaka, he has been involved in farming from a young age.

“I am lucky to have this life,” Archie said.

His interest in Suffolks started to grow when he was 12. He bought ewes from two studs and formed Rakaipaaka Suffolks. Archie chose this name as Tahaenui Station includes former Rakaipaaka land. The recent purchase of two new Suffolk rams is a significant milestone for the stud and Archie is looking forward to the lambs coming through.

“They are good Suffolk rams and will improve the genetics of the stud,” he said.

His aim is to produce and sell good hill-country ram lambs. The manager of Cricklewood and Tahaenui stations, Hutton Powdrell, says Archie is building up his knowledge of the stud and his new stud rams are sturdy, and “real meat machines”.

“We can see good progeny coming through with these animals,” he said.

Archie’s father Humphry said his son had shown a keen interest in sheep from an early age, and owning the stud seemed like a natural progression. He said the rams showed length, depth and were good over the loin.

Archie’s 93 ewes had adapted and were doing well on the steep coastal hill country of Wairoa. Archie said he hoped for a good lambing season, and to have a limited number of two-tooth rams for sale this year. Archie is a keen competitor at the Wairoa A and P Show. He has enjoyed success with his black and coloured sheep, and more recently his Suffolks.

WAIROA — A Wairoa teenager is making a name for himself in the farming scene with the success of his Suffolk sheep stud, Rakaipaaka Suffolks. Archie Bayly is 14 and has a passion for farming. Growing up on Te Tiki Station and now living on Tahaenui Station near Nuhaka, he has been involved in farming from a young age.

“I am lucky to have this life,” Archie said.

His interest in Suffolks started to grow when he was 12. He bought ewes from two studs and formed Rakaipaaka Suffolks. Archie chose this name as Tahaenui Station includes former Rakaipaaka land. The recent purchase of two new Suffolk rams is a significant milestone for the stud and Archie is looking forward to the lambs coming through.

“They are good Suffolk rams and will improve the genetics of the stud,” he said.

His aim is to produce and sell good hill-country ram lambs. The manager of Cricklewood and Tahaenui stations, Hutton Powdrell, says Archie is building up his knowledge of the stud and his new stud rams are sturdy, and “real meat machines”.

“We can see good progeny coming through with these animals,” he said.

Archie’s father Humphry said his son had shown a keen interest in sheep from an early age, and owning the stud seemed like a natural progression. He said the rams showed length, depth and were good over the loin.

Archie’s 93 ewes had adapted and were doing well on the steep coastal hill country of Wairoa. Archie said he hoped for a good lambing season, and to have a limited number of two-tooth rams for sale this year. Archie is a keen competitor at the Wairoa A and P Show. He has enjoyed success with his black and coloured sheep, and more recently his Suffolks.

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