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.
The Dry Stock Unit is a 37ha (25ha effective) farm that runs along side the Turitea Stream, up to Atawhai and boarders Summerhill Drive and Old West Road. You can also walk through the Dry Stock Unit on the Turitea walkway. Only dairy or beef cattle graze here.
Both of these blocks of land are run in conjunction with Keebles Farm.
Haurongo Farm Platform
Area – 67ha. Mostly flat with some sloping land. 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.