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Darrin and Joanne Crack
Mokotua RD5, Invercargill.

Ph: 00 64 3 239-5444




Wanted one or two people who have an interest in learning about dairying. Accommodation in 3-bedroom house. Could suit a couple of travellers wanting to get some dairy experience. Must be able to start by mid-July and able to work through until at least April. Please email your CV if interested.

Glenroy Farm is an intensive sheep and beef farm situated at the very bottom of New Zealand which borders on Lake Waituna - an International Wetland Reserve and acclaimed trout fishery.

At Glenroy Farm we run about 2800 Romney ewes, 700 hoggets (yearling sheep), about 170 head of cattle and also do some dairy grazing in the winter on 1100 acres - some of which is rough peat country.

Glenroy produces high-yielding coarse wool, woolly-headed Romney ewe lambs and Border Leicester X Romney ewe lambs.

Based in the southern most region of New Zealand, Glenroy Farm produces about 22,000kg of coarse (37 to 39 micron) crossbred wool. On average the ewes' wool is five to six inches long when it is shorn in mid-January.


Visitors are welcome at Glenroy Farm.

A dismal day ... 18-7-08

Ken (driving) and German IT specialist Markus on the job on a dismal day in the deep south...

WORK AND LEARN - Usually only for short periods (up to three months) and mostly only during the summer months when we're busy on the farm and need extra help. There's always plenty to do for those who don't mind getting their hands dirty - and we do mean dirty.

If you're keen on hard work and want to see what it's like on a real working sheep and beef farm then do contact us. Generally we take people on from mid-August through until March each year.

Often the young people who come to work for us are studying agriculture in their own country or are wanting to train to be vets, having said that we've had teachers, people planning to study to be lawyers, policemen, accountants and of course farmers.

So, whether you've come to see the sheep or for a grass-roots look at how a REAL New Zealand sheep farm operates there will be plenty to see and do.


January - main clip shearing of ewes (usually about mid-Jan and takes between 3 and 5 days depending on the weather).

February - hay and balage making.

March - shearing of lambs and replacements.

April - The rams go out.

May - Duck shooting season open and the start of electric fencing.

June - Electric fencing and winter feeding of stock.

July - Still fencing and feeding stock.

August - Vaccinating of ewes prior to lambing, electric fencing and feeding stock.

September - Lambing

October - A few sheep still lambing, the start of tailing (docking) of lambs. Tractor work often begins.

November - Lots of tractor work, resowing brassica ground etc.. Lambs usually weaned abut mid-Nov.

December - Still more tractor work, and plenty of stock work. Weighing lambs etc..

From December through until about April, we are also weighing and drafting lambs weekly.

To give you an idea of our seasons:

Spring is Aug, Sep, Oct;

Summer is Nov, Dec, Jan;

Autumn is Feb, Mar, Apr;

Winter is May, Jun, July.

Often our best (most settled) weather is in February.

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