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About Omarama Station Farmstay
Richard and Annabelle Subtil and their two children, Emma and Henry, enjoy welcoming visitors from across the globe to their high country farmstay. Richard is originally from an English farming background and Annabelle is originally from Omarama, with her family, the Wardells, having farmed the property for three generations.
Richard and Annabelle met overseas and after working in the Middle East and Asia travelled extensively before returning in 1998 to take over the running of the farm from Annabelle’s parents.
Omarama Station Workings
Today the station employs two permanent staff with casual labour and contractors used when needed. The property consists of one third flat land and two thirds hill country ranging from 427m – 1677.5 m above sea level (1400ft – 5500 ft) Most of the lower country has been developed with seed and fertiliser. At present there are 16,500 Merino sheep and 1,000 head of beef cattle on the property.
In the last five years 560 hectares of centre pivot irrigation has been developed and this has allowed an expansion of the operation into the fattening of bought in store stock and the growing of speciality small seed crops for export.
Omarama Station Merino Wool in Europe
The wool from the Merino sheep is used for high fashion knitwear in Europe and to produce active sportswear in New Zealand. Whilst not organic, Omarama Station is based on natural production systems, and as a result our beef is supplied to a specialist chain of Japanese restaurants. All of the animals are mustered using teams of dogs with the shepherds being either on foot or horseback.