NEW ZEALAND FARMS
Integrated Foods Ltd (IFL) Farming is based in the Gisborne Region, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The Farming Operation spans 14,500 ha divided into 8 individual Management Units. IFL Farming leases the farmed area from the Mangatu Blocks Incorporation, Mangatu is one of the original Maori incorporations in New Zealand. This asset now includes significant exotic and native forest estates operating alongside the farming operations.
As the start point in the Integrated Foods supply chain, IFL Farming aims to “Deliver In Full and on Time in Specification” (DiFoTiS) lamb to the Fresh Meats ME77 Napier processing plant. The farms are setup to provide prime lambs throughout the year to tight specifications including weight, sex and wool length to facilitate efficient processing and to ultimately deliver great tasting lamb.
Environmental sustainability is a critical part of the long-term sustainability and licence to operate for IFL Farming this includes the protection of waterways through retirement & planting of land. Every animal is important to us and is to be provided the care that is required including adequate feed, animal health and veterinary attention if required, so that they can perform to their full potential. IFL Farming consistently strives for improvements in breeding and utilising up to date technology such as Embryo transfer, AI and EID.
Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms originally started out as a joint business venture between Sarto Sheep Farms of Manitoba, including its proven highly productive sheep flock, facilities and experienced team, and the North American Lamb Company, a subsidiary of Integrated Foods in New Zealand, bringing its extensive experience in large scale integrated sheep production and lamb processing for domestic and international markets.
The goal of Canada Sheep and Lamb Farms is to build the largest breeding flock in Canada, a minimum of 50,000 breeding ewes. The Manitoba flocks are composed of the Rideau Arcott breed which was chosen for its high productivity and ability to lamb all year round enabling consistent supply of lambs to retailers.
Animal care is a top priority. Great pride is taken in the management of it’s land and water – utilizing best practices in manure management and a crop rotation that eliminates the need for commercial fertilizer and minimizes opportunities for water contamination.