Probus Club – Talk about New Zealand Sheep Farming

A new member of the Probus Club, Tilden McKean gave a slide presentation and talk about New Zealand Sheep Farming at the August meeting. Tilden, grew up on a sheep farm on North Island, New Zealand before spending most of his career in the Oil and Gas sector with BP.

The key themes of the presentation were:
– Growth of Sheep farming since the arrival of the first sheep in NZ in 1773
– Maintaining Pasture Quality
– Investment in Facilities
– Matching the Breed to the Land
– Agriculture Progression

Tilden concluded his talk by providing a number of slides depicting the status of sheep farming today.  NZ is the largest exporting country of frozen meat in the world; wool exports have reduced considerably (it is not in the Top 10 of exports from NZ) and Honey is now the largest exporting product.

At the close of the meeting, Tilden was given a warm vote of thanks for his talk /presentation and responses to the many questions asked.

The Chairman reported that the Summer lunch, held at Sonning Golf Club in July, had been enjoyed by everyone; the Xmas lunch will be held on December 10.  Forthcoming events include a barge trip on the Rose of Hungerford in September and a visit to the Mill at Sonning in January to attend Singing in the Rain. The Treasurer provided the financial status of the Club’s accounts.

Henley Probus Club meets at Badgemore Golf Club on the second Tuesday (morning) of each month. If you are interested in coming along please contact Roger Griffiths on 01491 575137.


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