Author(s): Robin Leech
DoP 2009 NZ Harley Jenkins was born in the Darfield hospital in the spring of 1930 and has remained in the area ever since. After leaving school in 1944 he worked on his father's farm at Kimberley and, on a casual basis, for other farmers in the district. His foray into farming on his own account came in 1954 with the purchase of three pedigree Angus heifers. A year later he was to purchase "Floridale" only a kilometre or so from where he was raised as a child and from those extremely modest beginnings so began a lifetime of dedication to the fickle business of running a commercial Angus cattle stud. Harley's expertise with livestock has seen him make a considerable mark within the stud Angus world. Aside from his ability as an astute judge of cattle he has been blessed with a quick wit and a lively sense of humour. This story notonly tells of his farming achievements but also dwells on the lighter moments of life and some of the people who accompanied him on his journey. Includes photographs and cartoon illustrations by David Henshaw.