Cold Tolerance

Newhaven Perendales is now in our sixth year of DNA testing sires to identify those with a superior level of cold tolerance.

We only allow those that have an ‘A:A’ result (a double copy of the gene) to pass through to stud sire level and we do not use any outside sires that do not meet this standard.

However, the delay in the general uptake of this technology within the industry has been disappointing thus far – being an important trait regardless of where you are situated around the country.

Whilst we have personally seen results during arctic-like conditions at Newhaven during lambing time it is extremely pleasing to hear clients in some very challenging country witness this in practice with newborn lambs – and we have had a number of new enquires for Newhaven rams based solely around this trait.

Newhaven Nil Drench – ‘Gen 2’

This regime has been successfully underway for the past 16 years (after intense blood antibody testing over the 6 years prior to that) and we are delighted to announce that from the 2009 lamb crop onwards, ALL Newhaven Perendale Rams offered for sale will have NEVER been dosed with an anthelmintic drench in their lives.

We believe, in conjunction with industry experts that we work alongside –that we are ready to make this move to enhance our Newhaven  Nil Drench programme and have full confidence in these animals to perform to the highest standard, regardless of whether their final destination is an organic or conventionally run farm – with many of our clients making a progressive move towards a less intensive animal health regime over the past five to ten years, with pleasing results.

From the Field

While it has been a relatively challenging past twelve months for those in all areas of the New Zealand agricultural industry, these are indeed exciting times for those producers of high quality lamb products. As we enter an age of exacting standards of yield grading analysis this brings with it a tangible benchmark and financial incentive to generate a superior product for our consumers, both domestically and globally. As our global meat consumers demand more from us, we too should be demanding more from ourselves and our highly complex business operations.

It is rewarding to see the merits of well bred Perendales as high performing meat producers shining through as well as being able to efficiently create some of the whitest high-bulk wool in the world.

The Perendale breed is about to embark on one of the most exciting developments that the breed and the dual purpose industry has seen for the past two decades and this shows the commitment and passion that exists for the Perendale throughout New Zealand.

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Backing the Basics

Whilst we place a high importance on our genetic evaluation systems such as SIL and continual monitoring and assessment of both our commercial and stud ewes – there is no substitute for quality when it comes to structural soundness and superior composition.

We pride ourselves on upholding exacting standards of quality control when physical attributes of stock are concerned. As a hands – on family stud operation we have the stockmanship skills and experience to ensure that these standards are upheld to the highest degree – and we place just as much importance on this as David did nearly 40 years ago when he established the Newhaven Perendale brand.

This has taken even more of a lateral angle over the past 10 years with an added focus on the ‘Bare Breech’ characteristics of animals through the ‘Newhaven Naturally Mulesed’ programme in conjunction with AgResearch. Again we thank you for the personal feedback from your own properties – such as Jim and Rhonda Thomson, who farm an extensive property at Macraes in East Otago. Jim has noticed that his flock now tends to have a much wider clear triangle around the breech- which makes for easier (and hopefully less) crutching, as well as possible long term improved consumer perception attributes for the fine wool industry in regards to mulesing and the extreme animal rights movement.

All of our culling regimes from birth to sale (or birth to fruition for the ewe lambs) take a dual approach. The first phase of culling at any stage of the year is based solely on conformation, type and soundness.

It is only after this run has been completed that the SIL breeding indexes are taken into consideration – remembering that only the top 25% of the ram lambs born will be offered for sale.

Are Ewe Efficient?

A ewe needs to be economical for the full twelve months of the year – this means that we require a breeding ewe with the ideal stature for her environment and the most effective foraging ability in challenging conditions.

Unlike many composite breeds – we make no exceptions for performance based on age of a breeding ewe – she must perform to her full potential from birth through until at least 7 years of age. Ongoing monitoring of our breeding ewes is essential to ensure that Newhaven ewes are performing  to a superior standard regardless of what the climate may throw at them. Interestingly, the past two years have added to our understanding of the quest for efficiency (after taking over 450 Angus and Angus Hereford Cross cows on the new hill block – this efficiency being the ‘holy grail’ for the beef breeding industry.

This has assisted us in appreciating the importance of mirroring this in breeding ewes without compromising on production.