Newhaven Leads National Sale

Newhaven Ram 1005/14 was in demand at New Zealand’s leading Perendale sale on Tuesday in Gore – with a $13,500 bid securing the sought after ram.

NE 1004/14 bred by David Ruddenklau, centre, and Blair Smith, far right, made $13,500 when it was sold to Blair Gallager, second left. Also pictured are PGG Wrightson stud stock agents Callum Dunnett and Roger Keach. PHOTO : Diane Bishop

NE 1004/14 bred by David Ruddenklau, centre, and Blair Smith, far right, made $13,500 when it was sold to Blair Gallager, second left. Also pictured are PGG Wrightson stud stock agents Callum Dunnett and Roger Keach. PHOTO : Diane Bishop


This top price of the sale was for a ram that the winning bidder, Mount Somers farmer Blair Gallagher described as “the complete package” with excellent conformation and wool and outstanding figures to compliment this sire.

Blair and Jane Smith and David Ruddenklau from Newhaven all attended the well known sale which was noted by the Perendale NZ President, Mr Mike McElrea as a “very good sale, with an average sale price of $2,468 per head, notably higher than the previous year”.

Blair Smith described the ram as a very reliable and robust bloodline (with his twin brother 1004/14 equally as good and now retained in the Newhaven stud sire team) and this sought after ram was ranked third out of the Newhaven flock of 1203 rams in total.

The bloodlines of this ram also trace to our latest exported ram to the ‘Mount Monmot’ flock in Victoria, Australia which means potential access for astute Australian sheep breeder in the near future.

When speaking on live NZ radio after the sale, Jane Smith noted that the strong Perendale sale on Tuesday was another example of farmers making sure that they invest in the best quality genetics possible- to ensure that their flocks are as efficient producers of quality lamb and wool through using rams with the highest genetic merit and proven high performance bloodlines as possible.

CONTACT THE NEWHAVEN or MOUNT MONMOT team now to secure access to these bloodlines in your flock.

National Award for Newhaven


At last night’s National Sheep Industry Awards in Napier, Newhaven Perendales was awarded the ‘Progressive Meats Dual Purpose for Meat Yield’ title – which is a great achievement, given that Newhaven select’s sires that are all round performers in every trait – not just soley meat yield. However, a focus on meat yield has been present throughout the  entire Newhaven stud regime, and this is acknowledgement of 42 years of genetic gains, started by David and Robyn Ruddenklau in 1972.

Newhaven trophy August 2014

Top performers in the sheep industry have been touted as ”rock stars” of the sheep industry –  at the third annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Sheep Industry Awards celebrating excellence and recognising the important role ram breeders play.

Dr Scott Champion stated that “It’s no wonder New Zealand is at the forefront of sheep farming internationally with such passionate and astute individuals dedicated to progressing the genetic merit of our national flock”.

Ten genetics-based awards and five sector excellence awards were presented, and Blair Smith of Newhaven Perendales was proud to represent Newhaven Perendales at this evening showcase.




Newhaven ‘In the Field’

After a reasonably kind 12 months on the climatic front, it has been a good opportunity to consolidate the hill block development and continue with a focus on shelter block plantations and ensuring that we maintain areas on the hill block for both stud lambing and calving of the 380 Angus/Hereford cows. We are pleased to still have James Blanchard as a key part of the Newhaven team, with James Barnwell lengthening his O.E in New Zealand with us, delaying returning to Bedfordshire, UK until early 2013.

Blair has enjoyed the coaching of our local premier rugby team ‘Valley’ although a less enjoyable moment was missing out on the Citizen shield by one point in the final. Our involvement in the ‘Ballance Farm Environment Awards’ over the past six months has been an amazing experience. Highlights thus far have been presenting a paper in October to the Primary Production Parliamentary Select Committee on a number of topics (such as resource regulation, primary industry tertiary funding and biosecurity) and the planning of our offshore study tour in Autumn 2013. We are looking at investigating new and emerging New Zealand Lamb opportunities in China, followed by Beef markets in Taiwan and then traditional markets and traceability labelling in France and the UK.

Top Ram Price Again in 2012

The January 2012 South Island Stud Ram Fair saw Newhaven Perendale’s Genetics in high demand once again this year. Newhaven NE 40/10 was sold to J.Henrickson of Dannevirke for the annual sale’s highest price this year of $10,000. This Newhaven sire was a “big and bold” animal, with excellent carcass credentials and had of course been “drench free” since birth – as all Newhaven sale rams are.

Following hot on the tail of the 2011 Annual sale, where Newhaven reached a near world record price of $20,500 – it was pleasing to see that the Perendale breed as a whole, were in high demand – with 49 rams sold from all over New Zealand, and an average price per head of $3228, compared to $1910 in 2011. The Newhaven Team now return back to Oamaru to concentrate on the individual sale of the 2012 Newhaven Ram Team during Feburary – of which are looking exceptional once again this season.

‘Showing Success’

While the Newhaven team don’t focus on showing animals (they have to be taken in from the paddock straight to the show ring if we do – no tolerance here for ‘prettying up’ or ‘show feeding’ of sheep)!. We were delighted however that a current sire ram received high accolades at the Canterbury A & P Show held this month (November 2011) in Christchurch. This ram made history, for being the first Perendale ever to win the ‘All Breeds Supreme Champion for Woolled Sheep’ Trophy – which is usually the domain of the Merino or Corriedale breeds. A real coup for the Perendale dual -purpose breed, and proof that Newhaven remains to place importance on the key physical attributes of a pure Perendale.