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History

In 1929 David and Nellie Kane with their 5 children moved from Wanaka to buy “Westholm”,300ha of flats to rolling ridges farmland, beside the Pomahaka River, Tapanui. David ran dairy cows and sheep for their main income source. Once Murray took over the running of Westholm the neighbouring  farm “Burnfoot,” which runs to the Blue Mountains and to the Pomahaka river was purchased, with both properties run as one.

1963 Murray purchased his first stud Hereford cows and Westholm Polled Herefords was developed.1964 Murray set a record for the highest price paid at the New Zealand National Sale where he paid 2650 guineas for a 2 year old bull. In todays standards  it was a very small bull. For many years the stud developed different family lines which will perform and last. 1996 Robert bought 226 ha neighbouring farm Pomahaka with flats to rolling hills and steeper ridges. This completed the family purchases with all three blocks being farmed as one enterprise.

1998 Robert and Mary-Anne bought an Angus heifer at the Black Magic sale, at the National sale being the foundation of Blue Mountain Angus. Embyro transfer of this heifer and a selected few others saw the Angus stud formed. This has grown to 40 cows today.

2008 Peter bought 4 Hereford cows, a heifer and bull calf from the Leader dispersal being the founding stock of the KL1 Hereford stud. This stud is slowly growing through the use of ET and specially selected purebred semen imported from the United States of America. The stud cattle are, along with 2100 breeding ewes and 500 hoggets now run on a much smaller land area since the conversion of the original Kane Family farm to a 600 cow dairy farm into 2010. This farm is now run and managed by son Luke.

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