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News from Mt Guardian Perendale Stud

News from Mt Guardian Perendale Stud

Gore Ram Fair, January 2014

Prize Mt Guardian ram at the Gore Ram Fair

Mimihau Perendale breeders paid the top price of $10,000 for a Mt Guardian ram at the Gore Ram Fair earlier this month. Brothers Dave and Matt McKelvie and Warren Ayers, who farm near each other, paid good money for a Perendale ram bred by Tim and Edward Anderson of Parnassus, in North Canterbury.It was believed to be the highest price paid for a Perendale ram this season."It would have been cheap at half the price" Matt McKelvie joked.

The McKelvie brothers said they often bought rams in partnership with the Ayers' as it was a good way to get hold of top rams at a good price. "We can get more bang for our buck, " Matt said. The McKelvies said the ram, which is the highest price paid for a Perendale sire this season, was the "complete package" because of its strong figures which included good growth rates, fertility and a top footrot score.

Mr Anderson said the ram had been used as a ram hogget and now had lambs on the ground which were performing well. "He stood out as a hogget and I've ranked him right through."He's also got a lovely fleece" he said. Mr Anderson, who is also president of the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand, said the perendales made "relatively good money" and the top genetics were highly sought after.

The Frances of Moa Flat achieved the second highest price of $9000 for a Perendale ram while Newhaven Perendales sold one for $6500 and the Gardynes of Oturehua sold one for $6000.A total of 42 rams sold for an average price of $2374 compared with last year's average of $2733.

Article written by Dianne Bishop