Who we are…
Sherrie Stokman is an American and has Angus cattle running through her bloodlines – her family has owned Sitz Angus in the Rocky Mountains of Montana for over 90 years.
In 1989 Sherrie’s father, Bob Sitz Sr., was tragically killed in a tractor accident. At the time, Sherrie Sitz (as she was then) was engaged to Mark Stokman and was due to move to New Zealand, however Sitz was an intensive operation so it was decided that Mark would move to Montana to help out. They stayed for seven years holding the fort and, as Mark puts it, “developing a real passion and love for the Angus breed”.
They moved back to New Zealand in 1997 and purchased a dairy farm in the Waikite Valley. However their passion for Angus wasn’t lost, having brought home 30 embryos from a few cows they had at back at Sitz.
Stokman Angus was born from these embryos and today the operation encompasses 340 registered Angus stud cows, 80 commercial Angus cows and finishes 200 Angus steers.
Mark still runs the overall farm management, with Sherrie at his side when time outside of administration, promotional work and cattle registrations allows. Their youngest son Jake has been home on the farm since completing his degree at Lincoln University in 2020. He does all the machinery work and also gives Stock Manager Craig Moyes a hand when needed.
Craig and Courtney Moyes have been part of the Stokman team for three years now, with Craig mainly overseeing the stock, and Courtney tending to the gardens and maintenance at the sale barn facility, ensuring they’re always looking fabulous!
Of course bull sale time is all hands on deck and that includes eldest son Cameron being wrangled back from his work as a civil engineer in Christchurch.