Perendales Perform in Snow

June 2015 has seen our third major snowfall for the Winter season thus far – with a lot of Winter yet to go. With the hoggets and ewes on the hill block alongside the Fossil Creek stud Angus cows, the Newhaven stock are in their element at 550 metres above sea level.

Shearing will take place in two weeks time (with a snow comb and lifter to ensure that enough wool is kept on the sheep for warmth purposes)  – with prices looking extremely positive for quality high -bulk Perendale wool. A reminder to view our Country Calendar episode that demonstrates our post – shearing policy of putting our freshly shorn sheep into the tree plantation blocks each night for the first few days. This means they can graze on quality pastures during the day and have a warm and dry spot to sleep in over night – this means that everyone sleeps well!

 

High Performance, Proven Genetics

High Performance Genetics under any Climatic Challenge

Record Price for X-Factor Ram

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.

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.

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.