Our family are descendants of this pioneering family. We farmed at "Blackmount", named after the original station, between Winton and Browns for 100 years. The family moved to Western Southland and from there to Moa Flat.Farming runs in the blood of the McKerchar family who pride themselves on their breeding stock. David farms alongside his parents at Moa Flat. One sister lives close by and looks after a small farm while often helping on the family farm. Another sister works at SIT in Invercargill and the youngest sister, a vet, farms with her husband at Scotts Gap.
Top quality stock produces top quality lambs. All our lambs are grown at our farm with the uttermost care. They are processed at Woodlands and Blue Sky Meats perform a licenced kill which is monitored to ensure best practices are used.
The McKerchar Pioneers
McKerchars can be traced back to the county of Perthshire, Scotland. Donald McKerchar was employed on a farming estate as a shepherd until he left for Port Chalmers, New Zealand in 1858 on the "Strathallan". The day following his arrival in Dunedin, Mr McKerchar was offered the position of manager at "Blackmount Station" in Waiau. Leaving his wife and family in Dunedin, he set out with his youngest son to walk to Riverton, over the trackless waste with only a rough chart of the country to guide him. He and his son took nine days to accomplish the journey. He drove the first flock of sheep to Blackmount Station from Riverton.