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Breeds of Livestock - Perendale Sheep

Breeds of Livestock - Perendale Sheep

Perendale

    perendal.jpgThe Perendale was developed in New Zealand during the 1950's at Massey Universerty by G. Perren to meet the needs of hill country farmers on developing country. It is still a very popular breed in New Zealand.

    Developed from the Cheviot and Romney, the Perendale is a dual-purpose sheep producing a 28-32 micron wool with a 125mm staple length. The Perendale is characteristically a high fertility animal, and has great potential to produce a prime lamb dam when crossed with the Merino.

    As a purebred, its hardiness makes it ideally suited to colder, high rainfall areas. The Perendale is easy to care for; the ewes have little trouble lambing and are good mothers.

    The Perendale was accepted as an established breed in Australia in 1975.

    Reference:

      Brian Oliver, New Zealand

      Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd Edition

    Photographs:
      Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation,1989, 3rd Edition

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