Waitomo News : 14 February 2017
Waitomo News Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7 WIN $2,500 WORTH OF DAILY PRIZES Big MaC® HUNGER BUSTER® SCRATCH&REVEALFORYOURCHANCETOWIN!SCRATCH&REVEALFORSCRATCH&REVEALFORYOURCHANCETOWIN!SCRATCH&REVEALFORYOURCHANCETOWIN!YOURCHANCETOWIN! Big MaC HUNGER BUSTER OTOROHANGA One game card per Combo or Hunger Buster® Meal. Two cards per Mates Hunger Buster or Sharebox®. While stocks last. Promotion ends 28 February 2017. Visit monthofmoolah.co .nz for full terms and conditions. MONTH OF MOOLAH LSM6645_AD Blue Ribbon Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Sue Spurdle P 07 878 8700 M 027 476 8445 E firstname.lastname@example.org Blue Ribbon Realty Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 Mortgagee Auction Thursday 9th March, 2017 at 1:30pm at Harcourts Auction Rooms, 51 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga www.harcourts.co.nz/KC4879 Te Kuiti, 14 Nettie Street MORTGAGEE AUCTION Mortgagee Auction • Land area 769m2 • Land valuation $35,000 (September 2015) • Double garage • Building burnt out Particulars and Conditions available on request at the Te Kuiti Harcourts office 69 Rora Street Te Kuiti or email email@example.com nz RENOWNED Otorohanga Jersey stud breeder, Don Ferguson - the man who co-owned cows with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – died at his beloved Ferdon Stud property on Thursday, aged 81. Mr Ferguson founded the world-renowned stud (now Ferdon Genetics) at Kio Kio in 1949, going on to become one of the country’s most successful breeders and showmen. He was a stalwart of the Waikato A&P Show for 60 consecutive years from 1953, as a competi- tor, judge, life member and in later years patron. He also competed at the National Dairy Event in Feilding during the past nine years, winning the Supreme Champion Cow ribbon on several occasions. In 2010 he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to cattle breeding and the dairy industry in the Queen’s Birthday honours list. In the 1970s, Mr Ferguson bred cattle for the Queen, after a visit to the English Royal Show where he met the Queen’s herdsman and showed him photographs of his Ferdon herd. Their relationship evolved into the co-owner- ship of five Ferdon Genetics cows. In 1990, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Ferdon Stud to meet the Ferguson family, with Her Majesty walking through the front pad- dock to inspect her cows. In 1992, he and his wife June travelled to Eng- land with Mr Ferguson the Queen’s herdsman DON Ferguson and his great-grandaughter Maddison Quinn Ferguson in 2013 with that year’s Waikato A&P Show supreme champion jersey cow ‘Ferdon Comerica Viyella’. FILE PIC for four months. While in Britain, he won a Grand Champion Jersey award with one of the cows he had bred for the Queen. He travelled the world 12 times judging cattle. ‘FANTASTIC COMPETITOR” Jim Keyte, who has worked as Waikato A&P Show secretary and show manager for the past 25 years, says Mr Ferguson was “a fantastic competi- tor in the dairy section”. “He would show a huge number of animals at each show, when I say huge I mean he’d bring 60 to 70 animals to a show each year. “He was a very strong advocate of the A&P movement. He was also a member of the show committee and helped organise the shows. “He really put his life and soul into it.” Mr Keyte says Mr Ferguson was “a great guy to deal with”. “He had the A&P movement at heart and all my dealings with him were really good. ENCOURAGED OTHERS “He was looked up to by everybody as a breeder, for his contribution to showing and for the way he taught young people how to show cat- tle and encouraged them to take part in the shows. “He was a great supporter of the younger generation coming through and we’ve often had three generations of the Ferguson family compet- ing at the show.” District loses Ferdon founder He says what set Mr Ferguson ahead of the pack was his passion for showing and love ofthe Jersey breed. Mr Ferguson was recognised for his contribu- tions to the show at last year’s event with a letter from the Queen. Otorohanga mayor Max Baxter says Mr Fer- guson’s death is “a sad loss” to the district and country. WORLD renowned Jersey stud breeder Don Ferguson of Otorohanga was passionate about showing his prizewinning cattle. PHOTO SUPPLIED “His input in terms of all the show cows and breeding throughout New Zealand and the Waipa/Otorohanga districts was profound. “He was a well-respected member of the farm- ing community.” Mr Ferguson is survived by his wife of 60 years June, and their six children. His funeral service will be held at St Bride’s An- glican Church in Otorohanga tomorrow at 11am.
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