Nikau Coopworth, a sheep breeding operation producing stud rams, is located in the Waikaretu valley, half way between Raglan and Port Waikato on New Zealand’s west coast. The flock was established by Jack Woodward in the 1950’s and then run for 35 years by Clive Woodward and his wife Susan.
Clive and Sue were progressive farmers with a passion for the Coopworth breed and a real vision for their place in the future of the New Zealand sheep industry. A rigorous selection process and the use of modern technology to assess heritable traits have resulted in a flock producing some of the top rams in New Zealand. Today, Nikau Coopworth is owned and managed by Kate Broadbent.
Nikau Coopworth is one of the elite stud flocks in New Zealand. It has a close association with Lincoln and Massey University and is a member of:
The Coopworth Society
Sheep Improvement Ltd (SIL) – a performance and genetic evaluation recording service for the sheep industry
WormFEC Gold - leading parasite resistant genetics
Owner, Manager and Passionate Ram Breeder First travelling to New Zealand in 1987 on her OE, she worked as a shearer and shepherd in New Zealand, the UK and across Canada and the US for 25 years. A long time family friend of the Woodward family, Kate was given the opportunity to purchase Nikau Coopworth Stud in 2009, initially in partnership with Clive Woodward's niece, Emily, and husband, Sam Welch. Kate bought out her partners in 2015 and has been running the stud solo since then.
Two farms are leased in the Waikaretu Valley, totalling 330ha. A commercial ewe flock and mainly dairy/beef trading cattle compliment the stud sheep operation. Kate is very active in the NZ sheep industry...
President of Coopworth Genetics NZ
Founding member, Steering Committee member of FE Gold
Founding member, Steering Committee member WormFec Gold