Fannin has been a household name around the Taihape area for a long time. The present farming generation’s great grandfather bought and cleared the original 80ha block 5km east north-east of Taihape in the late 1800s. A bullock team towed the original house in on skids which it is still standing on today.

The original block has since been added to by both Donald’s grandfather and father. Today, it covers 512ha (500ha effective). Owner Donald Fannin has been at the helm for 25 years and with wife Sandra have three children Sarah, 21, Kate, 19, and Alex, 17. Sarah is a trainee vet, Kate is an early childhood teacher trainee and Alex a shepherd on nearby Maunganui Station.