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The Perendale is a breed of sheep developed in New Zealand by Massey Agricultural College (now Massey University) for use in steep hill situations. [1] The breed is named after Sir Geoffrey Peren and it achieves its aims by being the offspring of Romney ewes and Cheviot rams with sturdy legs. It is raised primarily for meat.[2]


Since the early 1980s the flock numbers of this sheep has reduced mainly because hill-country farming has lessened, there has been a lower demand for medium-coarse wool, and because modern Romneys are more adaptable to the terrain. Developed from the Cheviot and Romney, the Perendale is a dual-purpose sheep producing wool fibres of 28–32 micrometres (0.0011–0.0013 in) diameter with a 125 millimetres (4.9 in) staple length. The Perendale is characteristically a high fertility animal, and has great potential to produce a prime ewe lamb 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.[3]


The mature body weight of a ram is 220 to 260 pounds (100 to 118 kg) and a ewe is 120 to 150 pounds (54 to 68 kg). The average fiber diameter is 29 to 35 microns.[4] The USDA wool grade is 44's to 54's.[5]


  1. ^ "Perendale". Sheep Breeds - O-P. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Perendale/Australia". Breed Data Sheet. Domestic Animal Diversity Information System. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Perendale". Breeds of Livestock. Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Animal Science. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  4. ^ Preparation of Australian Wool Clips, Code of Practice 2010-2012, Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), 2010
  5. ^ "Perendale". Long Wool Breeds. American Sheep Industry Association. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 

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