About us

Avonstour is a certified organic farm specialising in heritage breeds, located in Eastern Taranaki, New Zealand.

It is owned and operated by John Earney and Ruth Healey, along with our children Samuel and Ila.

Our main aim is to supply the public with quality, organic, heritage animals, meat, services and education on self-sufficient, sustainable farming and lifestyles.

When we purchased our farm in 1998 (170 acres) we decided to totally farm Rare Breeds.  To achieve this we have concentrated on registered purebred stock and are members of many breed societies and clubs. We have sent stock all over New Zealand and hope we will continue to do so. We also supply specialist meat outlets.

We have been involved with the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand since its inception. We have been very active at A&P shows where we have run livestock stands and shown donkeys, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and poultry, with many Champions, Best of Breeds, New Zealand Royal and North Island Champions to our credit. We strive to improve the image and farmability of rare breeds.

We believe in a heavy selection process and will not breed from something just because it's rare – it must shape up and be productive. By keeping a stringent culling line, we have been able to supply both large commercial farms as well as people who just want a pet.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you want some top foundation live stock, quality organic meat and eggs, educational courses or film props.  But if you plan to visit us please phone in advance, as we are not a public park but a working farm.

John is available for consultancy work, so if you need advice, mapping, food planning in organics, self-reliance, livestock contact him and he can help.


John Earney and Ruth Healey, and our children Samuel and Ila,
1170 Makuri Road, R. D. 25, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Phone (06) 762 7992
Email: rarebreeds@paradise.net.nz

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