‘Newhaven Perendales’was established by David Ruddenklau in 1972. David’s desire was to breed a ewe that was able to not only survive in challenging climatic conditions but perform and achieve to the highest standards, regardless of the type of country that they were moved to. High Yielding, robust and structurally sound progeny that have the ability to shift and excel in any climatic conditions.
Following his time at Telford Rural College, and working on large agricultural operations in Canada and Germany, David was fortunate enough to have personal contact with Sir Geoffrey Peren and through this, his belief in the Perendale breed grew.
Newhaven Farm now consists of 1495 hectares, 600 metres above sea level in the picturesque Kakanui range, North Otago. 10% of the farm is flat cultivated land, 20% rolling to very steep foothills and 70% is steep tussock country.
David’s enthusiasm in the sheep industry and the strength of the Perendale breed can only be described as a passion. His vision in 1972 of creating a genetic solution at Newhaven that would allow farmers throughout both the North and South Island to enjoy a breed that would constantly impress and perform time and time again has indeed been realised. David loves nothing more than to roam through the tussock country at Newhaven on his stock horse to view the Perendales in their natural environment (although he occasionally gets side tracked by hunting deer and fly fishing!)
Blair’s love of outdoors and analytical mind combine well for his involvement in the Newhaven stud operation. Blair’s background in both practical farming (growing up on a sheep farm in Southland) and logistical management (ten years in the rural transport industry) bode well for the operational overseeing of Newhaven Farms.
Blair enjoys that fact that the despite having a stud tag in their ear – each and every stud animal has to perform and excel in the harsh climatic conditions that the Newhaven hills can serve up.
Jane has what can only be described as an obsession with agriculture which has been apparent from a very young age and feels very fortunate to be able to live and work on the property that she grew up on. After completing an agricultural commerce degree at Lincoln University she went forward into a career of consultancy with Ravensdown Fertiliser – and was rewarded with both the New Zealand Young Rural Achiever Award and the Sir Ronald Trotter Gold Medal. After over a decade in Fertiliser consultancy, Jane went onto part time work (with three small children) as a rural manager for Rabobank. Jane enjoys working alongside David and Blair in continual genetic monitoring and evaluations, clientele liaison, and agronomy.
Robyn’s great enthusiasm for the Newhaven Perendale Stud is driven by the success that she sees Newhaven client’s throughout the country achieving. The fact that clients become friends with the Newhaven Team on both a professional and business level is something that Robyn enjoys greatly. Robyn sees the personal hosting at Newhaven of each ram client on an individual basis as our privilege and is perhaps one of the reasons that her homemade baking has become infamous throughout Newhaven clientele circles!