History of New Zealand's Finest Cattle Farm
History of Resurgam Angus
History of Resurgam Angus
Sean Brosnahan was raised in the Bay of Plenty at Ohope Beach where his parents, John and Ria, have farmed 530 acres for 42 years. Sean went into partnership with his parents around 10 yrs ago with the goal of building an Angus stud. John and Ria have always been into diversification on their farm and a manuka sawdust business was started in the late 70's to complement land development as well as increase revenue. The farm was originally bought in 1953 by John's father Bernard Brosnahan.
A story of a true stockman
Bernard John BJ Brosnahan was born 30th October 1907 and grew up in Kaiti, Gisborne. Young Bernard was educated by his eldest sister Nell through the school on the farm. Bernard in his late teens went shepherding on Murphy's Station (sheep and cattle) and worked on other well known stations on the Coast and Gisborne area. BJ had a natural affinity for farm dogs and had many successful Dog Trial dogs. BJ played polo for Gisborne B team. He was a fine horseman and won prizes for jumping his horses at the local annual shows.
BJ became an expert at handling stock and on many occasions drove mobs of cattle all the way from Gisborne for sale in the Waikato. In some areas he travelled along the coastal beaches, sleeping under the stars, his saddle for a headrest and his well-trained dogs guarding the mob from straying.
The family farm at 'Wainui' was situated on the route from Opotiki to Whakatane, overlooking the Ohiwa Harbour. It was previously owned by Mr. White and his sister Miss White. BJ had often looked up at the Wainui Farm and thought to himself "that is a farm I would like to own, it has the hills and the flats, facing the sun". Many years later BJ was able to buy this farm which has become the home of Resurgam Angus.
"From the moment two-year old Sean Brosnahan stood with a gigantic herd sire cornered in a pen at his uncle's farm, a cattleman's legend was created. Much to the obvious chagrin of his fearful family, Sean boldly let none of his inexperience in stockmanship stop him from leading his father's cattle to their greener pastures. By the time he could fit the gumboots he initially floundered in, his experience, belief and love for cattle shone. Graduating with farm management at university saw the young, eager, eldest son of ten burst onto New Zealand farming. A third generation New Zealand stockman, Sean has become a nationally recognized and successful stock agent and auctioneer."
As written by Dominic Brosnahan January 2007
Early Angus Cattle at Resurgam
Sean introduced Angus cattle to the family farm in 1996. He became interested in the Angus breed through his livestock role with AFFCO. Six heifers were purchased at a bull sale from the Maunu and Taurikura herds. Other cows from different herds (Parakowhai, Waihihi, Taurikura, Ruru) were added over the next couple of years and thus began the Resurgam Angus herd.
The herd grew over the next 10 years with a breeding programme aimed at preserving the pure Scottish genetics known as Pure NZ Angus. The programme has a commitment to producing low birth-weight, strong maternal, cost efficiency performance cattle that are easy fleshing and require minimum maintenance while working in a grass (forage) based environment.
In 2000 an opportunity arouse to purchase 25 heifers from Waimata Angus in Gisborne which contained the "Pure New Zealand" genetic that go back to original Scottish cattle that came to NZ. Thus began the change of focus to re-establish these genetics. Also 8 PNZ heifers were purchased from Kenhardt Angus in Nuhaka.
In 2002 5 more Waimata heifers were purchased. And 3 Kenhardt cows were added with one suitable for flushing. We have flushed this cow and her full sister and ended up with 8 live calves from both cows. In 2006 20 more Waimata Angus Pure NZ mixed age cows were added to the herd. These cows were incalf to Waimata Balance I610 whose dam was by Waiwera Bernard G323.
Simultaneously we were able to secure 5 key Pure NZ cows from the Waiwera Angus in the Motu at Matawai. These cows were exceptional and we feel privileged to have purchased these cows. They epitomize the type of Angus we would like to breed long term. We have flushed 2 of these cows and placed 8 top grade embryos into recipient heifers. We look forward to these genetics coming through the herd.
We have also secured some Pure NZ embryos out of a Hingaia Tex 469 daughter by Pinebank Waigroup 41/97. In late April 2007 we purchased the last two Pure NZ cows out of the Waiterenui herd in the Hawkes Bay. This herd has been in existence since 1914. These cows, both 12 year olds, are typical of the type of cow we are endeavouring to produce.
In May 2007 we purchased 16 Pure NZ females out of the Waitawheta herd for our program adding to the diversity of bloodlines within our herd.
Bulls - Herd Sires
In 1998 we purchased Waiwera Zeus I474 for his calving ease, constitution, foot structure and type. He has that typical Waiwera easy going ability and depth of body.
In 2002 Waimata Blu-print G436 was added for his thickness, temperament and pedigree combining the Ramble and Buck maternal bloodlines.
In 2004 we purchased the Waitawheta X69 known as "Buck". He was selected because he was by Waimata E230 who we rate very highly and is being sought after in Australia. Waitawheta X69 is doubly bred to the now most famous Pure NZ bulls of the last 15 years Hingaia Tex 469.
In January 2006 we were able to secure another Waimata E230 son Waitawheta X47 to replace Waitawheta X69 when he had injured himself. This bull traces back to Hingaia Tex 469 3 times. Both these Waitawheta bulls have a lot of length and very maternal bulls. Waitawheta X47 will be known as "Lad".
In November 2006 we were fortunate to be able to purchase jointly with Waimata Angus a bull we rate very highly Mainstream Mate 301 ET. Mate is a wide based young pure New Zealand sire with muscle mass and capacity second to none. He is out of a very productive donor cow Matauri I831 with exceptional milk and udder quality by a super thick older bull Wharekowka Mate.
Bulls - Herd Sires
Waiwera Zeus I474
Waimata Blu-print G436
Mainstream Mate 301ET
Resurgam Buck R232
Resurgam Buck S277
Bulls - AI Sires
Pinebank Waigroup 41/97
Turihaua Campbell Q197
Waiwera Emblem I494