Perendales -

PERENDALE - Our history


The Perendale is a 'Dual Purpose' maternal breed sheep developed at Massey Agricultural College/University in the North Island of New Zealand in the late 1940's by Professor Sir Geoffrey Peren.

It is the result of the ongoing development by 'Prof Peren' of a Cheviot over Romney cross to arrive at what is now the modern Perendale.

Since its inception the Perendale has become one of the top breeds in NZ with numbers exceeding six million with many flocks in excess of ten thousand.

Given all of the current vagaries of farming here in Australia the development of the Perendale sheep as an “EASY CARE” breed is now more important than ever and will provide effortless lambing, excellent mothering and survival, general hardiness and ability to survive under difficult conditions with poor feed.

Perendales are able to offer the farmer a rugged 'dual purpose' flock capable of producing quality 'lean' prime lambs and a medium white wool fleece sought after for its 'bulk' in the spinning and weaving trades.

Australian Perendale Association is setting out to re introduce Perendales back into Australian farming enterprises as a true 'dual purpose' breed as it was first developed at Massey in NZ.

We use and are able to supply the best NZ genetics available to those farmers who recognise the advantages of having a 'wool-meat' enterprise.

Breed Objectives

Our principal objective is to create awareness and then to invest in Perendale 'dual purpose' sheep as a practical alternative to farmers looking to have 'dual income' from the flock they wish to run alongside other 'on farm' activities.

To help with this we are committed to producing the best genetically based Perendale flocks we can with the emphasis on retaining all of the attributes that Perendales have become well known for.

Perendales are bred for Australian conditions where the seasons can vary but are predominately dry and feed can be poor and stemmy.

Our Stud and Commercial flocks are 'objectively selected' as well as the Stud ewes being AI'd with semen from New Zealand to keep up the genetic improvements in both body structure, lamb type and wool.

Perendale sheep are well known for their worm resistance and NZ genetics will continue to improve our current flock which at present is drenched only once at eight months followed by two mineral drenches per year for the life of the sheep.

Our aim with the wool we produce is to secure direct access to end markets looking for light weight bulky yarns and to do this we are selecting with rams and ewes the hogget type wool* to match that market so opening it up for other Perendale breeders as well.

Finally we are committed to offering the true 'easy care' sheep that will provide both meat and wool as envisaged by the late Professor Sir Geoffrey Peren at Massey University from where the breed was developed.

* Refer Wool Characteristics.