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Hampton Downs is a 360 Hectare property located on the eastern bank of the Waikato River and is midway between Auckland and Hamilton cities and just fifty minutes from the airports of each.
It is of moderate hill to undulating topography, but with some deeply incised gullies, and some river flats.
Soil types vary and include river silts, peat flat, volcanic ashes and decomposed residual soils.
The property ranges from 6 to 90 metres above sea level and is exposed generally to a westerly to south-westerly weather pattern, with occasional sub-tropical cyclonic events coming from the north east.
The area has an annual rainfall of 1350mm on average, much of it through the winter. Summers can be very dry.

Hampton Downs

The property contains a protected 10 hectare stand of indigenous native bush, one of the few remnant stands of native bush in the lower Waikato. In 2000 access was granted through the property for the Te Araroa Walkway so that trampers could enjoy the three kilometre river boundary. This section of the walkway is considered the most picturesque of the Meremere to Rangiriri trek, taking in the river and much of the lowland bush.
A further 20 hectares has been planted in exotic trees, in the form of shelter, shade, woodlots, amenity trees and conservation plantings.
The property is still evolving as a productive unit with more shelter and more shade being planted and extensive pasture subdivision and pasture renovation being undertaken.
The property runs about 250 breeding cows, 175 of which are purebred registered Simmental, the balance being of purebred and graded Aubrac and odds and ends as may be used in embryo programmes.
The progeny of both herds are farmed through to either sell as breeding seedstock, or they are finished for slaughter.
The Simmental herd was first established in 1988 with the acquisition of a dozen in-calf cows, and has expanded since with purchases from many herd dispersals.
It is essentially a fulltime "Ma and Pa" operation, with subcontractors being employed for hay and silage making and for fertiliser application.
The "Pa" of the operation with Hampton Downs Louie at the
Te Kauwhata Show.
Louie (our 2003 Beef Expo bull) was taken out of the cows to be there.
  The "Ma" of the operation  
Sometimes we rope in the Whanau to help, daughter Daniela with two year old polled Eldorado heifer with a polled Paymaster heifer calf at foot   Daughter Sarah with Partner, Pat, and granddaughter Claudia.