SILERE alpine origin merino comes from a pristine alpine environment â€“ New Zealand's high country. The
people that farm this extraordinary land have long been aware of merino's exquisite flavour, and now it is time to share it
with the world.
Find out more about the people who grow SILERE alpine origin merino.
Jim Hore, Stonehenge Station
The Hore family have farmed at Stonehenge Station for more than 100 years. Jim and his wife Sue now tend 17,000 merinos on the 26,000 acre property in Central Otago.
Jim and Sue have two sons; Charles, who retired from professional rugby to farm along with his family at Stonehenge, and Andrew whose farm is next door at Patearoa. Andrew is also a professional rugby player for the All Blacks.
It's a good life here. You're your own boss, the climate's great and the air's clear. It's here that the
outstanding taste of merino develops.
James and Brian Hore, Nokomai Station
Nokomai Station is situated between the Garvie Mountains and the Slate Range. It is owned by Brian and Anne Hore, along with their son James, and managed by Hamish and Anna Neal.
The property is a massive 110,000 acres, ranging from 900 to 5000 feet above sea level. In summer the Merino roam the Nevis country, grazing on native grasses and tussock and in early autumn, a team of eight men muster the sheep from the exposed high country before the first snows.
With plenty of space and minimal human intervention our Merino grow naturally, and develop a flavour that is
pure high country.
Steve and Mary Satterthwaite, Muller Station
Muller Station is a massive sheep operation, housing 14,500 Merinos on almost 100,000 acres. Steve and Mary Satterthwaite work the station with the help of four full-time shepherds. Such large stock numbers and land area make the station even more dependent on dogs than the typical farm. The shepherds each work with a team of six or seven dogs to muster the sheep from the huge, rugged mountains of the area. The station has twice won the Marlborough Merino Ewe Competition.
We appreciate the skill and creativity of the chefs, and the respect that they have for our product and its
Angus and Katy Rowley, Lake Hawea Station
Lake Hawea Station sits on the sun-soaked eastern shores of Lake Hawea in the Queenstown Lakes District. The Rowley family have been farming Merino on Lake Hawea Station for 100 years and although modern technology has made life easier for the current generation, the essence of the business has changed little over this time. The mountains are still as steep and the seasons still as extreme.
The high country is a very special environment, and the unique elements of this region are reflected in the attributes and story of SILERE.
Andrew and Tracy Paterson, Matakanui Station
Matakanui Station is a high country station in the heart of Central Otago. It is farmed by Andrew and Tracy Paterson and their three children.
Matakanui is approximately 23,000 acres with 15,000 sheep, including the Matakanui Stud, and over 700 hereford cattle. There are three full-time employees, plus Andrew, all passionate about producing the best meat and wool. Tracy works as a lawyer in Alexandra, but she is also passionate about food and recently appeared as a contestant on New Zealand Masterchef.
It was simple for us to get behind the SILERE alpine origin merino programme. Merino has always been a family favourite and we are so excited about sharing it with a wider audience.
Steve and Jo McAtamney, Four Peaks Station
Four Peaks Station covers 5,500 hectares in a mixture of flat, rolling and higher hill country, rising to an altitude of 1500 metres at Devil's Peak. The pasture varies from ryegrass/clover mixes on the lower paddocks to native tussock and grasses on the higher blocks.
Steve and Jo have been farming all their lives and are very passionate about what they do. They share a love of good food and say that SILERE merino, being lean and tender, lends itself to some delicious and flavoursome recipe options
SILERE merino is the ultimate taste experience for us, and for the chefs we supply, bringing the pristine environment from the mountain tops to the plate.
Matt and Jo McCaughan, Geordie Hill Station
Geordie Hill is a 5,500 acre sheep and cattle station that has been in the family for four generations, since 1911. Centrally located in New Zealand's South Island high country, Geordie Hill runs over 7500 sheep and 200 beef cattle. Livestock are kept outside on hill pastures all year and the shepherds use teams of dogs to muster stock off the hills for shearing, weaning etc. The dogs make it possible for one or two men to handle mobs of thousands of sheep.
SILERE merino has outstanding flavour and is so versatile.
Our overseas guests love it and comment on how different it is in taste and texture to traditional lamb.