There was an air of excitement within the auction circle at the South Island Perendale Ram Fair on January 18th – especially when a Newhaven Perendale Ram was elected to be first pen up on the auction list and was sold for a near world record Perendale price of $20,500 NZD.
After nearly 40 years of breeding under the Newhaven Perendales name, David Ruddenklau and Blair Smith were delighted that their ram exceeded even their expectations. They knew that he would sell extremely well with his eye muscle area figure (21.47) and SIL breeding values – let alone the fact that due to Newhaven ‘nil drench’ policy – he had never been allowed a worm drench in his life. He is certainly a good example of the type of Perendale that has become a key feature in the New Zealand pastoral scene.
Constitution, structure and breeding values all combined together to make NE 2135/09 in demand at the auction. In Tim and Sue Anderson’s words as the successful bidders “He’s got the X-Factor”. For the Newhaven Perendales team, the biggest achievement of the day was the fact that this ram was awarded the ‘Mervyn Ladbrook Memorial Trophy’ prior to the auction – which is indeed an honour to be bestowed with. The late Mervyn Ladbrook was an extremely well respected and successful Perendale stud breeder and this was indeed a moment that will be a major highlight in the Newhaven Perendales history book.