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Shrimpton’s Hill Herefords was established in 1969 and today the herd consists of 600 females and approximately 650 support stock. 

Up to 25 bulls will be used for the 2018 mating, either naturally or in our E.T. and A.I. programmes.

Our Short Gestation breeding programme was established in 2001, selecting only for this single trait, specifically for the Dairy bull and semen markets. 

Today we are the breeders of the leading Herefords, both male and female in Australasia, for Short Gestation Length S G L

Recognising this LIC (Livestock Improvement Corporation), have entered into a breeding relationship with us, to supply semen exclusively to their
S G L breeding and marketing programme, both domestically and internationally.

S G L activity to date at LIC, delivers in excess of a million extra days in milk per season and in the current economic environment S G L continues to be LIC’s strongest growing semen sales category. 

Our 2018 bull sale is on the 26th September, consisting of 180 bulls, the majority of which will be sold to the Dairy Industry.

For the twelth consecutive year, Shrimpton’s Hill Herefords has sponsored the Canterbury North Otago Sharemilker of the Year. 

We are so proud to be able to call so many of the past winners of this prestigious competition, repeat clients. Sponsoring, attending the presentation, and the subsequent field days are highlights of our calendar.

Our property consists of 1412 Ha, ranging in altitude from 200m to 1100m above sea level. Our native tussock block of 900Ha is home to our stud cows for 6 months of the year.

We also run a 70 ewe Border Leicester Stud, which was established in 1869 by John’s great great Grandfather, making it one of the oldest flocks in the country of any breed, still in the same family.

In 2019 our Border Leicester stud will be 150 years old, our Hereford stud will be 50 years old and 100 years since the McKerchar family moved to South Canterbury, from Southland.


John and Liz McKerchar

Shrimpton’s Hill Herefords



Murray King, LIC Chairman, John McKerchar, Liz McKerchar at LIC’s Breeders’ Day Presentations in Hamilton

Murray King, LIC Chairman, John McKerchar, Liz McKerchar at LIC’s Breeders’ Day Presentations in Hamilton

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