Rangitapu is a 1100 ha or 2700 acres farm. The farm is predominately a grass based sheep farm although cattle are also run to balance the business. They grow nearly 8000 lambs every year mostly for the Californian restaurant trade and harvest their wool in the summer which is contracted to Marks and Spencer.
Both James and his wife Caroline get a wonderful feeling every time they ride into one of their fields and see well fed lambs resting in the shade on a hot day. This is part of the animal welfare ethos they we live by:
The farm’s mantra is every animal should have the best possible day every day while they are on the farm. This philosophy extends to the people who work there from the farm manager and shepherd to maintenance and fencing person, so that they too have a great environment in which to work, live, and raise their families.
In the lamb grazing fields they have an ongoing tree planting program. To date they have planted over 8000 poplar and willow trees for shade, shelter, soil conservation and because they enjoy trees.