Jean Forrester recalls setting their sights on the scanning and lambing percentages of fellow competitors in the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition over many years.
With their hoggets scanning 155% last year (and lambing 133%), they can now say they have got there.
The couple fought off some stiff competition to win the national title this year and while delighted with their win, it has been the opportunity to benchmark and learn from fellow entrants over the years that has been the greatest reward for the North Canterbury couple.
Country-Wide visited the Forresters farm 228ha of flat to steeper down country at Omihi, an area better known for its vineyards than sheep production.
It is country that comes away early in spring and dries out just as quickly in December, so Jean and Robert aim to have all their lambs gone by Christmas. This allows them to focus of the following year’s production by growing out ewe lambs, two-tooths and maintaining the condition of the Wairere composite ewes.
Jean and Robert Forrester are a strong team and Robert credits Jean for having strong stock skills.