Haurongo Farm

Haurongo Farm is a sheep and beef research farm, located on the south-east periphery of the Massey University campus.  Ownership of the 67 hectare farm (65ha effective) was transferred to Massey University in 1987.

Over 25ha of this farm is leased back to Massey's Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU) for teaching work with veterinary students.

Haurongo Farm Platform

  • Area – 67ha. Mostly flat with some gullies. 25.23ha is currently leased to Massey University's Large Animal Teaching Unit (LATU)
  • Soils – Predominantly Tokomaru silt loam. Compact clay loams  with compact subsoil, poor natural drainage and with a tendency to dry out in summer. Moderate natural fertility.  Some Ohakea silt loam soils.
  • Animals – Sheep: only entire male sheep are run at Haurongo. Breeding rams (outside mating) and ram lambs prior to slaughter/sale. Dairy Grazing:R1/R2 dairy replacement heifers from the University dairy farms may be grazed throughout the year.
  • Forage –predominantly perennial ryegrass / white clover.
  • Paddocks – 51 paddocks (ranging from 0.29 to 3.94 ha, averaging ~1.7ha)
  • Infrastructure – A main set of sheep yards are attached to a small woolshed (two-stand, night pen of 200). There is a small set of uncovered cattle yards with cattle crush/head bale.

Haurongo Information Sheet.pdf (2,019 KB)

Aerial view

Location and maps

Approximately 3 km from Massey University campus and 7 km SE of Palmerston North City.

(click map to enlarge or download as pdf below)

Haurongo Farm Map.pdf (191 KB)


Haurongo Farm management

Haurongo Farm is managed by Phil Brooks

Email Phil


Scientist-in-residence

Steve Morris is the scientist-in-residence managing research projects on Haurongo Farm.

Email Steve


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