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.

IHC Calf and Rural Scheme Newsletter

Featured Story: A community where everyone belongs

The cups go on at 6.30am in the Barrows’ milking shed at Dannevirke and that’s the job done for the day. Vaughan Barrow has been milking his Kiwi-cross herd only once a day now for the past two seasons. That means Vaughan and his wife Diane have more time to take a breath – if you can say that with 12 children. But the kids help with milking at weekends...

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Colin Meads – nothing but the best

Colin Meads never stopped looking for ways to make life better for people with intellectual disabilities. IHC was privileged to have the support of the big man since 1974.

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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. 

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

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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.

A huge thank you to our:


Some nice looking calves getting ready for sale

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Sale Dates


Paeroa IHC Dairy Beef - 12pm - Friday 19 October

Rangiuru IHC Livestock Wnr - 12pm - Wednesday 31 October

Frankton IHC Dairy - 12:30pm - Monday 5 November

Taranaki IHC Calf - 12pm - Thursday 8 November

Tuakau IHC Beef Wnr Fair - Friday 9 November

Waiareka IHC Calf - 10am - Monday 26 November

Wellsford IHC Wnr - 12pm - Monday 26 November

Kaikohe IHC Wnr - 12:30pm - Wednesday 28 November

Blenheim Open Cattle & IHC Calves - 11am - Wednesday 28 November

Golden Bay IHC Calf - Thursday 29 November

Manawatu/Wairarapa Feilding IHC Wnr - 11:30am - Thursday 29 November

Brightwater IHC Calf - 12pm - Wednesday 5 December

Canterbury Park IHC Calf - 12pm - Wednesday 5 December

Lorneville IHC Livestock - 11am - Wednesday 5 December

Temuka IHC Wnr Calf - 12pm - Thursday 13 December

IHC Balclutha Calf - 9:30am - Wednesday 19 December

Ross Cattle & IHC Calf - 12pm - TBC

Stortford Lodge - TBC


We at IHC would like to acknowledge the wonderful support from all our farmers either through pledging a calf or making a donation.  Your ongoing support is so very important.