Who are we?

Horizon Farming Limited is a sheep, beef, and deer farming operation based in Hawkes Bay. It comprises 52% leased and 48% owned land with approximately 8800 effective hectares. This land is run in eight different blocks from Havelock North to Woodville.

The Holdsworth family from Wellington owns the company, employs 27 full-time employees and several casual staff, and contracts a Managing Director.

Horizon Farming is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 3 members of the Holdsworth family, one independent Director and the Managing Director.

It runs approximately 90,000 stock units comprising both breeding and finishing animals, with a sheep-to-cattle-to-deer ratio of 54:44:2.

The company has strong relationships with Ovation (sheep meat processor and exporter), Atkins Ranch (lamb meat marketer), Alliance (beef processor and exporter), NZ Merino (wool handler and marketer), and WNZ LP (wool handler and exporter).

Mission & Vision


Passionate, Progressive and Proud Successful Farmers


To grow a sustainable agribusiness which balances people, land, and profit

Culture & Values

Key Values

Integrity /   We do what we say we are going to do

Honour /  We are proud to be associated with HFL

Enjoyment /   We have fun

Fair and Reasonable /  People are treated fairly

Accountability / We are accountable for our actions

Our Genetics


Angus cattle are bred within the business, the sires are sourced from Mount Linton and Storth Oaks the breeding objectives are structurally sound fertile animals with high IMF.


The Longranger is a terminal composite breed with the key selection components being IMF and conformation. The stud was established in 2019 with the aim to supply the whole business.

The maternal ewes are a composite breed which include Waipuna Highlanders, Premier Texel’s Coopworth/Texel/Finn, Marlow FE Gold Coopworth’s.

Media & Awards

To be recognized for the hard work and strategic planning involved in farming is an outstanding achievement. Thus far, the Horizon Farming group has received the following awards:

2015 Blackdale Stud Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year – Horizon Farming Limited, Waipukurau

Horizon Farming Limited is commended by their processors, Progressive Meats Ltd, for excellent on-farm practices and pushing the boundaries to enhance their systems and produce higher quality stock. Judges noted how Horizon Farming Limited is fully engaged in the value chain with their processor, understanding the market complexities post farm gate exceptionally well and producing a product fit for purpose.

Progressive Meats Supplier of the Year 2013/2014/2015/2017

Horizon Farming have defended their Hawke’s Bay Lamb Supplier of the Year title for a second time, giving Horizon Farming three consecutive titles. Craig Hickson of Progressive Meats says it’s not surprising that Horizon Farming have won “They are consistently delivering fit-for-purpose product in full, on time and to specification; year in and year out”.

Sheep Industry National supplier of the year 2015

Celebrating Farming Achievements

At Horizon Farming, we continue to set the bar high, inspiring others to follow our path to success. With innovation, perseverance, and a steadfast commitment to sustainability, they are shaping the future of farming.

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