The Newhaven Journey | Newhaven Perendales

    Newhaven Perendale Rams

    1972

    • The first Perendale ewes are bred at Newhaven, using home-bred Romney ewes and Cheviot rams from David Baker, South Canterbury. Mr Baker was highly recommended by Sir Geoffrey Peren.

    1980

    • David and Robyn purchased their own 188 hectare block.
    • 120 stud recorded and registered Perendale ewes.
    • Initial national genetic recording system introduced (Animal Plan).

    1990

    • Initial ‘worm resistance antibody’ blood testing commenced. This would mark the start of the intensive selective breeding process prior to the ‘Newhaven Nil Drench’ regime..
    • Wool assessment now included ‘Bulk’ – a key characteristic of Perendale wool.

    1992

    • A further 125 hectares was purchased at Danseys Pass.
    • 950 stud recorded and registered Perendale ewes.
    • A small beef cow herd was now run along with finishing cattle.

    1996

    • Initial ‘eye muscle scanning’ introduced and integrated into the Newhaven selective breeding process. This marked the commencement of the ‘Newhaven Nil Drench Regime’

    2004

    • ‘Animate’ Genetic Tracking system implemented.

    2005

    • ‘Newhaven Naturally Mulesed’ Regime launched.

    2006

    • Neighbouring 100 hectares purchased.
    • 1800 stud recorded and registered Perendale ewes.
    • 1500 hoggets.
    • ‘StudFax’ and SIL recording systems well integrated into the system.
    • Introduction of electronic tags into Newhaven ewes.
    • Well advanced in selective breeding for ‘Footscore’ and the commencement of DNA testing for ‘Cold Tolerance’.
    • Artificial breeding introduced on a small trial basis.
    • Ewes lambed and hoggets run on neighbouring ‘Blairgowrie Run’ on a trial basis

    2008

    • ‘Blairgowrie Run’ purchased (1075 hectares)
    • 1950  stud recorded and registered Perendale ewes
    • 1600 hoggets
    • 500 Beef Cattle
    • Daughter Jane and husband Blair Smith commenced operational management of Newhaven Farms alongside David and Robyn

    2009

    • ‘Newhaven Nil Drench – Generation 2’ Regime successfully launchedAll Ram lambs and hoggets now completely drench freeFurther sustainable development of hill block continued

    2010

    • January: Record weaning and 150 day weights for all stud lambs, even under highly challenging drought feed conditions
    • April: ‘C.T’ Carcass scanning for conformation and yield carried out on Newhaven ram lambs at Lincoln University
    • May: Fourth Biennual Newhaven Client Focus Day held at ‘Braemar Station’ with record attendance
    • November: Newhaven owned Sires win the ‘Supreme Champion Perendale’ and ‘All Breeds Crossbred Wool Champion’ titles at the 2010 Canterbury A & P Show
    • December: Cold Tolerance DNA Testing results pay dividends for other attribute selection at Newhaven (higher birth weight, faster growth rates, leaner carcass yield)

    2011

    • January 18th: Newhaven Sire NE 2135/09 is awarded the Mervyn Ladbrook Memorial Trophy at the South Island Perendale Ram Fair held in Gore. NE 2135/09 was then sold to a Cheviot bidder for $20,500 at the following auction – being the top priced ram of the 48 lots offered at the sale. In the winning bidders words, this Newhaven Ram had the “X-Factor and was a good investment”.  The average overall sale price at the auction was $2,263. This ram’s sire was the Supreme Champion Perendale at the 2010 Canterbury A & P Show.
    • January: The first public field day was held for the NZ Perendale Society’s National Progeny Trial – chairman of the national trial –  David Ruddenklau was delighted at the turnout on the day, the calibre of speakers and the ongoing success of such a large scale trial. 12 sires were selected nationally to take part in this trial, with a Newhaven Perendales Sire being on of the ram team selected for analysis.
    • February / March: All Newhaven sires offered for sale to our clients  now officially hold a  ‘Nil Drench’ status, meaning that they have never been dosed with an anthlemintic in their lives.  This is an exciting step after 17 years of the groundbreaking ‘Newhaven Nil Drench’ regime, for both our organic and our conventional farming clientele.

    2012 – 40 Years of Newhaven Perendale Genetics!

    • January: A Newhaven Sire attains the highest price at the Gore Stud Ram Fair at $10,500.
    • January: The second innovative field day was held for the NZ Perendale Society’s National Progeny Trial – chairman of the national trial – David Ruddenklau said that the ongoing success of such a large scale trial is industry leading and extremely exciting for the future of New Zealand lamb. 12 sires were selected nationally to take part in this trial, with a Newhaven Perendales Sire being on of the ram team selected for analysis. 2012 also marks the commencement of a replicated Perendale NZ progeny trial, in North Island conditions.
    • May: Leading Newhaven clients – Preston and Tori Hope of ‘Forest View’, Deep Stream take out the national Perendale title for the New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition – an outstanding achievement, for these top operators in a challenging farm environment.
    • Friday 12th May: Newhaven holds its fifth Client Focus Day – focusing on capturing the huge genetic gains that Newhaven has made over the past 40 years on our clients properties – and ensuring that we all stay well positioned into the future in an ever changing global consumer marketplace.
    • June : The team at Newhaven Farms Limited were awarded the ‘New Zealand Ballance Farm Environment Supreme National Award Winners’ in June 2012, at the National Awards Gala Dinner held at Parliament Buildings in Wellington.
    Blair and Jane Smith at Parliament with Minister of Primary Industries, 2012 Mr David Carter

    Blair and Jane Smith at Parliament with Minister of Primary Industries, 2012 Mr David Carter

    2013 – The Importance of Taking A Global Focus
      • ‘Mount Monmot’ Perendales have the first two tooth rams available for sale in Australia, this being a big moment for not only Newhaven Perendale bloodlines, but the Boyer family and the Victorian sheep industry.  With the ability to offer Australian clients the opportunity to purchase full Newhaven genetic bloodlines right on their backdoor – this is a great moment for all involved.
      • April / May : Blair and Jane Smith embark on their ‘Emerging New Zealand Red Meat Markets’ study tour of China, Taiwan, Korea and Indonesia – with a focus on learning about the key market drivers in Asia, their consumer expectations and level of awareness of New Zealand’s as the world’s leading producer of sustainable, efficient and safe red meat protein.
      • July/ August: ‘Mount Monmot’ Perendales continues to go from strength to strength – with  high profile successes at the ‘Australian Sheep and Wool Show’ and ‘Sheepvention’.
      • The Mount Monmot Perendales Team at 'Sheepvention', Hamilton, Victoria, August 2013

        The Mount Monmot Perendales Team at ‘Sheepvention’, Hamilton, Victoria, August 2013

    2014 – Industry Vision and Beyond

      • April -Blair and Jane present a paper to the 2014 ‘Aginnovation’ Conference in Fielding entitled “Global Consumer Perceptions of New Zealand Farming”
      •  May :  Jane Smith becomes one of two independant Directors on the New Zealand  ‘Red Meat Profit Partnership’ board – which is a ground breaking industry initiative that is backed by both the Crown and Industry bodies (including Beef + Lamb, Rabobank, ANZ and Meat Companies) to move sheep and beef farming profitability to new heightened levels – over a 7 year project life span and beyond.
      • May: David Ruddenklau is presented with the ‘Struan Cup’ award honour at the national ‘Perendale NZ’ conference for his input and dedication to the Newhaven stud, the Perendale breed and his community.
      • May: Newhaven Perendale’s host their sixth Biennual ‘Newhaven Client Focus Day’. Held at ‘Redbank Station’ at Macraes Flat, East Otago this day featured Dr Andrew Greer and Mr Peter Wardell as key note speakers and some brilliant insights from Newhaven clients, Jim and Rhonda Thomson.
      • July : Newhaven Perendales are announced that industry experts have nominating the stud as contenders in the ‘Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards 2014’ – as finalists for the ‘Progressive Meats Dual Purpose Meat Yield Award’.
    • High performing Perendales ideally suited to the extremes of New Zealand and Australian farming
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