In Northern Otago, the dream of farming began with a bull cart.
When Grandpa William began teaching about stock, Ray Lawrence was a young boy.
“It was natural – a great stock.”
As a teenager, William Lawrence dreamed of running a ox cart between Dunedin and Omar and cultivating a farm in northern Otago.
After his wife, Rotorwa, married Rua Minti, he and his wife bought a potato at about 5a in Totara.
Profit from potatoes allowed consumers to buy 45 hectares of land and then move to a larger farm.
In 1919, the couple bought an 85ha block of Totara State, about 10 km southwest of Omar, near Ridston – New Zealand and the Australian Land Company.
A.D. In 1919 the couple had three sons – Gordon, Jack and Douglas.
The barn was once run for the first time to send frozen meat — sent from New Zealand to England by Thomas Bridon.
On the bare ground, the couple built a house, a barn, a milking parlor, a dairy plant, a blacksmith, a cattle ranch, a sheep farm, and a pig farm and fenced off 11 sheds to run and run sheep.
Shelter belts were planted and an apple, pear and plum garden. Pear and apple trees over 100 years old remain in the field.
The couple renamed the farm Aponella until 1951 and sold it to their eldest son, Gordon, and his wife, Elvi.
The new generation moved from tractors to tractors. Power arrived on the farm in 1954. In 1955, Gordon bought 20 sheep, five lambs, and one ram to set up Romani Studios in Rwanda. The studio’s name was given to her mother at a crossroads by the New Zealand shipping company SS Ocean Rotatoria.
A.D. In 1963, he started the Romney Studio, Diamond and Border Leicester Sheep Studio with his wife, Barbara (Ne Gould), for the farm – for Rere – Gordon and Elvi’s only child.
In the late 1960s, Ray changed the name of the farm because there were four Aanola farms in the district and it was confusing if emergency services were to be deployed.
The new Totara Downs farm name was unique to the district.
At the same time, a neighboring block was purchased to increase the TotalTra Downprint fingerprint to 145 Hz.
The house was renovated in the 1970s, including the first indoor toilet.
The house was initially painted brown, but later it has the same colors as the Maheno Rugby Club.
About five years ago, his house was demolished to make way for a new home.
Ray and Barbara have three children, Ian, Kay, and Mark.
Ian is now a Captain and Kay in the Army in South Canterbury.
Mark traveled extensively in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and in 1990 he and his wife, Susanne Rodgers, bought the farm.
Susan’s family has been farming in the district since 1909.
“My roots run deep. ”
Her great-grandmother was a cattle rancher who worked on the Torara Downhill land on Totara Estate.
The sheep was the only two-legged sheep in the field – Textile and South Sufolk.
They sold about 100 rams a year to farmers south of the Hawke Sea.
Meat prices have been “amazing” for the past five years.
To put it in context, his father used to sell for $ 5 in the early 1980s, now for $ 150 or more.
The couple has two daughters – Haili (25) and Kate (23).
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
“We are not ready to continue,” he laughed.