Welcome to Glenlea Downs Gelbvieh and Suffolk Studs



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March 2012

Welcome to Glenlea Downs
Gelbvieh & Balancer Studs

Goldy won the Meat and Wool Cup again, and also the Johnny Rogers, for the supreme livestock exhibit, all species at the Waikato Show 2009. 
Photo taken and kindly made available from 'Photograph Hawkes Bay Today'

Glenlea Downs Gelbvieh and Balancer studs are situated 20 minutes from Cambridge in the heart of the Waikato. Founded by James and Leigh Needham, the farm covers 670 acres. 

The beef operations are both run under commercial conditions, with the aim to produce animals which will perform and succeed in all situations.

  Farm landscape

Gelbvieh Herd
Gelbvieh is a European beef breed originating in Bavaria, Germany. They are docile cattle, displaying full muscling. They have the best calving ease of any other European breed. The females and males reach puberty early, are very fertile and breed readily. The dark pigmentation around the eyes and genitalia eliminates the cancer issues often seen in other European cattle. 

The Glenlea Downs Gelbvieh herd is run in conjunction with a cross bred beef herd. All cows are calved as rising 2 year old heifers. They are expected to calve unassisted, get back into calf and rear her calf at foot. The Gelbvieh cattle have excellent temperaments and produce ample milk from a tight udder. Gelbvieh cross bred calves display the calm disposition and full muscling as well as their purebred counterparts. 

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