The ‘Perendale NZ’ National Progeny Trial

Now in its fourth consecutive year of industry innovation, this trial continues to lead the way in an independent analysis of the Perendale breed (both in-field and post-kill) on a large, commercial scale. During 2013, we have seen the trait of ‘meat taste’ enter the analysis by AgResearch – alongside existing consumer-focused traits (such as fat colour, meat colour, pH, marbling, shelf life and tenderness).

An example of potential differences in loins from two different progeny - displayed for 10 days after 8 weeks storage during the AgResearch trial.

An example of potential differences in loins from two different progeny – displayed for 10 days after 8 weeks storage during the AgResearch trial.

While the Perendale breed is known to excel in maternal traits such as performance efficiency, lamb survival and productive longevity – these traits continue to play an important role in analysing blood lines within the breed – and it is projects such as this, that emphasise the importance of working together as a strong breed society to identify the highest performing genetics. Three Newhaven sires were selected to take part in the national trial this year out of the 18 elite Perendale sires chosen nationwide – and this selection, along with the Newhaven sire that has been chosen for the New Zealand ‘Central Progeny Test’ gives a strong independent audit on our genetic performance in an industry-wide arena.