The first Perendales were bred by Geoffrey Peren at Massey University in 1956. The Perendale has proved as successful on dry hill country as on fertile plains, and is gradually replacing traditional breeds in parts of the high country. It has excellent fertility, easy-care lambing, good mothering and lamb survival. The lambs produce a lean, heavyweight carcass ideal for the chilled meat trade. Geoffrey Peren is shown here with some of the first Perendale sheep.
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