Calf and Rural Scheme

Since 1984, farmers have supported IHC by donating to the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme. Today, with the help of around 4,000 generous farmers, the Scheme raises more than $1 million each year for IHC.

About the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme

The idea behind the Calf Scheme was dreamed up by Taranaki farmer Norm Cashmore, who offered a pair of gumboots to every farmer donating a calf to the Taranaki branch of IHC. 

Blenheim dairy farmer Mick Murphy heard about it. He went north to see Norm’s idea in action and decided it would work nationally. Mick was involved in the Marlborough branch of IHC and owned a dairy farm near Blenheim. He knew cows, but he had to convince the hesitant members of the fundraising committee of the New Zealand Council of IHC to give the idea a go.

In 1983, Mick was given permission for a pilot project in eight branches. Farmers were asked to donate calves to IHC and, in return, they were given a pair of gumboots. By the end of the trial, 770 calves donated by farmers had raised $110,000. The following year, the scheme was launched nationwide. 

The scheme was expanded in 2008 to include all livestock to enable sheep and beef farmers to donate part of the proceeds from the sale of their livestock to IHC.

In the 2015/16 season, almost 4,000 farmers helped raise $1.2 million for IHC. 


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IHC Calf Scheme Photo Competition Winners 


Congratulations to our IHC Calf & Rural Scheme Photo Competition winners

Jesse Franks, 10, from Bainesse near Palmerston North, and Gem his calf are a pretty tight pair. When Jesse grabbed his Mum’s camera and lay on the grass, Gem couldn’t resist coming over to take a closer look. Snap! All the category winners have won $100 Prezzy cards. Congratulations.

IHC in the rural community

Founded in 1949 by a group of parents unhappy with the lack of opportunities for their children with intellectual disabilities, IHC has always had a visible presence in rural communities. There is a strong IHC community in rural regions through residential homes, day bases, and IDEA Services facilities. 

Within a few years of its inception, IHC had branches all around the country, and this continues today. IHC is in your community – from Whanganui to Westland, Southland to South Taranaki, Counties to Clutha.

IHC’s fundraising activities pay for programmes to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Programmes paid for by fundraising are running, or have run, in areas shown in the map below. Advocacy services and the library are available wherever you are in New Zealand.

The IHC Calf and Rural Scheme is one of the ways we connect with the rural community, and raise money to support people with intellectual disabilities in those communities. 


How does the IHC Calf & Rural Scheme work?

The IHC Calf and Rural Scheme is the only large-scale rural fundraising programme of its kind in New Zealand. Participating farmers can donate

  • a weaned farm animal (bull calf, heifer, steer, or cull cow, sheep, lamb, goat, deer) with proceeds from sales going directly to IHC
  • a “virtual” calf (which is a donation of $300 in lieu of a calf)
  • the average price from the local IHC sale. You will be notified of the price after sale.


PGG Wrightson is now proud to take this support one step further by helping IHC to expand the Scheme. Now all farmers can donate to the scheme – not just dairy. 

This can be done through

You can donate: cull cow, steer, bull, heifer, calf, bale of wool, lamb, sheep, goat, deer or a virtual animal.

Canvassers and Transport

We rely heavily on the people who support the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme. Without their tremendous support, we would not be where we are today.

If you are interested in canvassing for donations to the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme, or if you can provide transport or paddocks for calves in transit, please contact us on 0800 442 500 or

Please help people with intellectual disabilities in your community.


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Supporter Zone

We rely heavily on the people who support the IHC Calf and Rural Scheme. Without their tremendous support, we would not be where we are today.

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IHC Sales 2016/17 – Save the Dates

Paeroa - IHC Dairy Beef - Friday 21 October

Rangiuru - IHC Livestock Wnr - Wednesday 2 November

Frankton - IHC Dairy- Monday 7 November

Taranaki - IHC Calf - Thursday 10 November

Tuakau - IHC Dairy Beef Wnr Fair - Friday 11 November

Blenheim - Open Cattle and IHC Calves- Thursday 24 November

Tinwald - IHC Calf and Cattle - Thursday 24 November

Golden Bay - IHC Calf - Thursday 24 November

Waiareka - IHC Calf - Monday 28 November

Wellsford - IHC Wnr - Monday 28 November

Kaikohe - IHC Wnr - Wednesday 30 November

Brightwater - IHC Calf - Wednesday 30 November

Feilding/Wairarapa - Thursday 1 December

Canterbury Park - IHC Calf - Wednesday 7 December

Lorneville - IHC Livestock - Wednesday 7 December

Temuka - IHC Wnr Calf - Thursday 8 December

Ross - Cattle and IHC Calf - Thursday 19 January 2017

Balclutha - IHC Calf - Wednesday 01 February 2017

Stortford Lodge - TBC