Perendale-A Gift From The Kiwis

1970s Peren with Perendales

Originally uploaded by Massey University

Perendale, not a breed that comes to mind to most North Americans when you mention long wools. Lincoln, Romney or even Blue Faced Leicester do for most spinners, but not Perendale.

The Perendale breed was developed in New Zealand at at Massey University during the 1950’s. Cheviot’s were crossed with Romney’s to produce a sheep suitable to the steep hillsides with marginal grazing areas of the islands. Easy lambing, high fertility, good mothering instinct, and medium coarse wool provide farmers with a rugged dual purpose breed of sheep.

I raise a glass to the memory of Prof Peren and the legacy of wool he left behind.


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