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PGG Wrightson upper South Island genetics rep Simon Eddington

“Good rams”‘ remain unsold after last Friday’s Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe sale.

PGG Wrightson upper South Island genetics rep Simon Eddington said while the sheep industry had been enjoying a resurgence, quality rams were proving hard to sell.

“Everybody’s positive at the moment, with the lift in lamb prices, but it just doesn’t translate into sales of rams” Eddington said.

“It will take a couple of years before we start to see a lift in ewe numbers and more demand for rams”.

More than 200 rams went under the hammer at Canterbury Agricultural Park on Friday, down slightly on last year, and about one-third remained unsold.

The day’s top price of $12,500 went to a Suffolk ram from Collie Hills Partnership, of South Canterbury, while Chris Medlicott, of Clifton Downs Stud, of Hook, near Waimate, received $11,000 for a Southdown ram.

A Romney ram from Irvine Farms, at Brightwater, near Nelson, received $5800.

“It was hard going. Really good rams sold well, as they always do” Eddington said.

“But there were some good rams which didn’t get a bid, which is disappointing because the farmers put a lot of work into preparing them and then end up taking their rams home”.

He said on-farm ram sales were having an impact, but the biggest factor was the relatively low number of ewes around compared with an abundance of stud rams.

“Buyers are very selective in what they’re buying and they can afford to be because there’s still lots of rams coming forward.

“Farmers are having a good season, but you don’t just get one or two seasons out of a ram, you usually get four to five years”.

Canterbury A&P Show Results 2019

Posted by Christina On November - 25 - 2019

Southdown

3740 Ram, over 18 months, shorn.
1st Place Stuart W Brannigan
2nd Place A C & L K Christey
3rd Place I M & C A Jordan

3742 Ram, under 18 months, shorn – winner receives the CENTRAL
1st Place P G, F C Williams 
2nd Place Neville J Moorhead 
3rd Place I M & C A Jordan
Commended I M & C A Jordan
Highly Commended I M & C A Jordan
Very Highly Commended Stuart W Brannigan 

3744 Boehringer Ingelheim Quality Meat Yield Class, two Rams,
1st Place I M & C A Jordan 
2nd Place Stuart W Brannigan 
3rd Place A C & L K Christey 
4th Place P G, F C Williams 
5th Place Stuart W Brannigan 
6th Place Neville J Moorhead 

3748 Champion Southdown Ram
Awarded to: Stuart W Brannigan 

3749 JOHN DEANS SOUTHDOWN SHEEP TERRINE.
Awarded to: Stuart W Brannigan 

3750 Reserve Champion Southdown Ram
Awarded to: A C & L K Christey

3756 Ewe, over 30 months, shorn, and her suckling lamb(s).
1st Place I M & C A Jordan
2nd Place I M & C A Jordan
Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3758 Ewe, 18 to 30 months, shorn and her suckling lamb(s).
1st Place I M & C A Jordan
2nd Place P G, F C Williams
3rd Place I M & C A Jordan

3760 Essential Nutrition Ewe Hogget under 18mth with or without lamb/s at foot -shorn on or after 1st September 2019.
1st Place A D Gillespie 
2nd Place A D Gillespie 
3rd Place J & A Burrows 
Commended I M & C A Jordan
Highly Commended Mr Sam E Hughes
Very Highly Commended P G, F C Williams 

3761 Allflex NZ Ltd Pair of Ewes, under 18 months, shorn.
1st Place A D Gillespie A D Gillespie
2nd Place P G, F C Williams PG, FC Williams
3rd Place A C & L K Christey A C & L K Christey

3764 Champion Southdown Ewe. Winner receives the Perpetual Trophy – JARMAN CUP.
Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan I M & C A Jordan

3765 Reserve Champion Southdown Ewe
Awarded to: A D Gillespie A D Gillespie

3766 Supreme Champion Southdown
Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan I M & C A Jordan

3770 Most Points Southdown Section – winner receives the JAMES DEANS CHALLENGE
Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan I M & C A Jordan

3771 Allflex Best Carcase Southdown. Allflex kindly donate a $50 voucher.
Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan I M & C A Jordan

Southdown ewe wins all breeds champion meat breed at Rangiora Show

Posted by Christina On November - 5 - 2019

Judge Hugh Taylor congratulates Oxford farmer Dave Gillespie on winning all breeds champion meat breed with his Southdown ewe.

Cattle classes might have been cancelled, but all ages flocked to see the sheep at the Rangiora Show on Saturday, October 26.

Judge Hugh Taylor had the job of selecting the all breeds champions and said he was impressed with the sheep on display.

“I know the numbers are down a wee bit, but generally the standard is very high. A lot of these sheep will go through the Canterbury A&P Show and do very well.

“And even into the flock section there’s some very good sheep, which is good to see.”

Mr Taylor chose Oxford farmer Dave Gillespie’s Southdown ewe as all breeds champion meat breed, while the champion wool breed ribbon went to a Corriedale ram bred by TA & CM Beaton.

He said most farmers were in good spirits thanks to a very favourable season with plenty of rain.

First new-season lambs fetch up to $165

Posted by Christina On October - 20 - 2019

Buyers from Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu and Taupo paid up to $165 for the first of the new-season’s lambs at Stortford Lodge yesterday.

The southdown-cross terminal lambs were among a line of almost 1400 newly weaned lambs from Waikareao Station, Te Aute. The mixed-sex lambs ranged from $131 to $165.

The rest of the small sheep yarding was mostly hoggets with lambs at foot which were well up at week’s yarding. The best of them made $121 all counted.

2019 Southdown NZ AGM & Tour

Posted by Christina On March - 25 - 2019

Southdown NZ 2019

Marlborough/Nelson Tour

May 13th – 15th

(Please note all times are approximate at this stage and some venues are to be confirmed.)

Monday 13th May: Day 1

1.00 pm         Council Meeting

6.00 pm         Annual General Meeting – Chateau Marlborough, 95 High Street, Blenheim

7.30pm          Dinner at Chateau Marlborough

                        Accommodation at Chateau Marlborough

Tuesday 14th May:  Day 2

7.30 am         Bus departs Chateau Marlborough

                        Morning Tea in Tapawera (via SH63, Korere-Tophouse Road, Kerr Hill Road, Moteuka Valley Highway)

                        Visit Ed & Lauren Lukey’s, Matariki (Commercial Southdown Client)

                        Lunch at Mapua (own cost, various options)

                        Primary industry visits in Richmond & Nelson

                        Depart Nelson and return to Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

                        “Walking Bus” to Clubs of Marlborough

7.30 pm         Dinner at Clubs of Marlborough

                        Accommodation at Chateau Marlborough

Wednesday 15th May: Day 3

7.30 am         Bus departs Chateau Marlborough

                      Visit The Land Rover Shed

                        Visit Jordan’s farm for SIL Ewe Lamb demonstration/workshop

                        Continued SIL presentation/discussion & lunch at Speights Ale House

                      Visit Chris, Julia & Richard Dawkin’s farm “The Pyramids” B+L Innovation Farm Programme

                        Visit Giesens Cellar Door

                      Visit Graham & Christina’s property to see rest of “Willowhaugh stud”

4.20 pm         Depart for Chateau Marlborough via Blenheim Airport

(For those who are staying another night in Blenheim there will be special Post-Tour dinner)         

    

Southdown Sheep Society of New Zealand

Marlborough/Nelson Tour

May 13th – 15th 2019

 

I/We wish to register for the 2019 Southdown NZ Marlborough/Nelson Tour.

Names: (First and Last)

 

  1. _________________________________   2. ___________________________________

 

Mailing Address:

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

Contact Number’s  ___________________________________________________________

Stud Name  _______________________     Email:     ________________________________

 

Accommodation

□ Monday 13th – Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

□ Tuesday 14th – Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

□ Wednesday 15th – Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

□ Double

□ Twin Share (I wish to share with _________________________)

□ Single

□ Extra Night’s Accommodation required (extra cost of $189/night/room) Dates Required:

 

Travel Arrangements:

□ Arriving and Departing by car and will meet at Chateau Marlborough

□ Arriving by Plane – flight details _______________________

□ Departing by Plane – flight details _________________________

(Check in time of 4.30 pm or later would be preferable, as we intend to be back at Blenheim Airport by that time.)

 

Meals: Food allergies or special diet needs __________________________________

 

To confirm your place on the 2019 tour please send your completed registration form with payment no later than SUNDAY 31ST MARCH to Christina Jordan, 678 Middle Renwick Road, RD 1, Blenheim 7271, or email to wjordan@xtra.co.nz or 027 6285 308.

 

Cost per person is $430.00 based on double or share twin, or $620.00 Single for two nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, lunch on Wednesday and bus travel costs.

 

Please make cheques payable to Southdown NZ or payment can be made directly to our Bank Account: 02 0727 0045103 00 Please use your name as a reference if paying by Internet Banking.

 

□ Cheque enclosed       or         □ Payment has been made by Internet Banking

 

Signature   _________________________       Date _______________________________

FEILDING STUD RAM AND EWE SALE 11TH DECEMBER, 2018

Posted by Christina On December - 11 - 2018

SOUTHDOWN RESULTS.

 

Lot 26  Mt.Annan  474/17 $3300.00 Harding Farming

Lot 27 Mt.Annan 339/17 $4000.00 A.D.Gillespie and P.G.& F.C.Williams

Lot 28 Willowhaugh 244/17 $1800.00 D.F.& J.R.Gray and C.D.Prouting

Lot 29 Willowhaugh 54/17  Passed

Lot 30 Banbury 502/17 Passed

Lot 31 Banbury 601/17 Passed

Lot 32 Bellfield 65/17  $4000.00 A.& J.Tatham

Lot 33 Moor End 37/17  $2000.00 P.D.McCormick

Lot 34 Moor End 16/17 $2000.00  Harding Farming

Lot 35 Ashbourne 707/17 $1600.00 Glenhazard Holdings Ltd

Lot 36 Ashbourne 712/17 Passed

Lot 37 Te Mara 5/17 Passed

Lot 38 Te Mars 77/17 (Replacement) Passed

Lot 39 Wiri 5/17 Passed

Lot 40 Wiri 57/17 $2500.00 Murvale Farm & R.& J.Trousdale

Lot 41 Murvale A23/17 Passed

Lot 42 Murvale A19/17 Withdrawn

Lot 43 Glen Orrin 105/17 Withdrawn

Lot 44 Silverdale 12/17 Passed

Lot 45 Willowhaugh 140/17 $1500.00  C.Miller-Brown

Lot 46 Willowhaugh 1/17 (Replacement) $1100.00  A.H.Brown

Lot 47  Moor End 73/17   $900.00 Terry Bros.

Lot 48 Ashbourne 701/17 (Ewe) $400.00 Aniwaniwa Ltd, Gore

Lot 49 Ashbourne 713/17 (Ewe) $400.00 Aniwaniwa Ltd, Gore

All about taking Southdown ‘to next level’

Posted by Christina On December - 4 - 2018

By Sally Rae, Rural Life, ODT Dec 3 2018

Don Murray, of Lawrence, views some of his Southdown sheep.

Don Murray, of Lawrence, views some of his Southdown sheep.

 Southdown sheep might be a breed steeped in history — it is the oldest of the terminal sire breeds in the UK — but a group of breeders in New Zealand is firmly focused on positioning it for the future, as  Sally Rae reports.

Lawrence farmer Don Murray quips he is a novice when it comes to breeding Southdown sheep.

There were stalwart breeders who had been there “forever” and from whom he had learned a lot since establishing his stud in 2006.

Mr Murray said he had always liked breeding sheep and was interested in recording. His father-in-law, who had bred Southdowns, further encouraged his interest to venture into stud breeding.

He had always been impressed by the breed, particularly its early maturity and ability to get lambs on the truck early.

His stud ewe numbers had built up to about 240 and were run in conjunction with a total operation of just under 5000 stock units on 550ha, following the recent acquisition of more land.

It was a hill country property and so it was a different environment from some areas where stud sheep were farmed, and had larger paddocks and gullies, yet the breed thrived.

He sold 60-odd rams a year and with many being used for hogget mating, he thought he had better go back to that himself.

Now two years into hogget lambing, it was “just so easy”, resulting in good lambs at weaning and a very saleable product.

Last year, 40% of his works lambs went on the truck at weaning and a lot of those would have been Southdown-cross, he said.

 

Southdown-cross progeny test lambs being graded by Miles Medlicott at weaning, watched by John Macaulay.

Southdown-cross progeny test lambs being graded by Miles Medlicott at weaning, watched by John Macaulay.

That was where the real advantage of the breed was — “the ability to be gone” — and to yield at a variety of weights.

Now breeders were trying to the breed “to the next level” and the establishment of a Southdown progeny test was about providing validation, he said.

The progeny test, based at Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht’s property at Stoneburn, near Dunback, was now in its second year and involved 20 sires from 14 breeders from Northland to Southland.

The Engelbrechts did not traditionally use Southdowns but were interested in supplying breeding ewes for the programme.

The couple were very successful commercial farmers, winning the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards and the New Zealand ewe hogget competition.

Mr Engelbrecht was responsible for getting the ewes in the trial mated and the lambs on the ground.

Lamb survival of the Southdown-cross progeny was excellent with less than 4% losses from lambing to tailing. Lambs would then go to Southdown breeder Chris Medlicott’s specialist fattening operation near Waimate to be finished.

One of the drivers of the programme, which is being supported by Beef + Lamb NZ Genetics, is Oamaru Southdown breeder and veterinarian Dave Robertson.

It could be difficult for smaller breeds to get scale to get good performance recording numbers, Mr Robertson said. The solution was to have a progeny test where the environment was standardised.

Objectives included getting better accuracy and reliability with performance recording, better genetic connectedness between breeders, comparing commercial meat quality traits within the breed, exploring some of the genetic technologies that were available for modern sheep breeding and looking at things like intramuscular fat and eating quality, and demonstrating the commercial relevance of the breed to industry.

There had always been the perception that Southdown and Southdown-cross had good eating quality but one of the aims was to get numbers around that.

Stoneburn farmer Simon Engelbrecht (left) and South Canterbury Southdown breeder Chris Medlicott discuss the logistics of the Southdown progeny trial.

Stoneburn farmer Simon Engelbrecht (left) and South Canterbury Southdown breeder Chris Medlicott discuss the logistics of the Southdown progeny trial.

“We want Southdown sires that produce lambs that grow fast, yield well and taste good — with the science to prove it,” he said.

Traits other than production were also important to breeders, with the likes of structural soundness and feet still important to the breed.

To be able to have a “snapshot into the future” of what a ram lamb could produce was very powerful. It removed some of the “guesswork and hoping something clicks” with a breeding programme.

The next step was how to harness that information and it had the potential to change how genetics were chosen.

Southdown New Zealand president Todd Anderson, of Winton, said the breed had continued to evolve over time to meet the requirements of the industry.

The main focus was to maintain “killable growth’ — meaning that lambs were killable at any stage, from 14kg or 15kg if need be through to 25kg “or whatever”, Mr Anderson said.

Breeders had a strong belief that it was not just about mass production, it was about quality of product.

The only way for New Zealand to economically progress was to sell a premium product to people that had the means to pay for it.

Part of that was that the consumer would want a story. The Southdown  was one of the oldest sheep breeds in the world. And as far as meat quality was concerned, it was about grain, colour and marbling.

Mr Anderson said the breed was  the wagyu of the sheep world in some ways and produced “beautiful quality meat”.

There had to be a conscious effort not to lose those attributes and so the instigation of the progeny trial was very exciting.

Carcass attributes, finishing ability, feed efficiency and killable growth were factors that were important to  Southdown New Zealand  as breeders, as well as to its clients in the sheep industry,  if it wanted to be in that global niche market.

New Zealand needed to realise that if it continued to sell based on commodity needs, then it would fast-track itself to the “bottom of the rung”.

Southdown breeders had always been proactive in terms of embracing science, so that was not something new, while stockmanship was also an important aspect.

The future — by continuing to maintain killable growth and a quality product for the consumer — was looking bright, but breeders also acknowledged they could not “stand still and rest on our laurels”, he said.

Veteran Southdown breeder John Macaulay, of South Canterbury, applauded the progeny test initiative.

He watched last season’s lambs go through the process at Alliance Group’s Smithfield plant on January 31,  almost 450 lambs weighing in at an average of 19.4kg.

He was impressed with things in the cooling room, where the lambs were a “sight to behold”. Looking across at comparable lambs of other breeds, they were “all over the place with no uniformity”, he said.

Ultimately, it was about growth rate, muscling and protein  being produced as quickly as possible and the Southdown was one of the breeds that could do that.

There were about 70-odd registered breeders in New Zealand and most were “totally dedicated”, which was one of the reasons the breed was performing, he said.

45 Southdown rams for sale. More information & catalogues online at  www.theshow.co.nz

 

Canterbury A&P Show Results 2018

Posted by Christina On November - 18 - 2018

Southdown section at Canterbury A&P Show

Southdown Section

3740 Ram, over 18 months, shorn.

1st Place I M & C A Jordan
2nd Place I M & C A Jordan
3rd Place  Stuart Brannigan

4th Place  A C & L K Christey

3742 Alliance NZ Ltd Ram, under 18 months, shorn – winner receives the CENTRAL

1st Place I M & C A Jordan
2nd Place A D Gillespie
3rd Place Chris J Medlicott

4th Place  P G & F C Williams

5th Place  Stuart Brannigan

3744 Alliance NZ Ltd & Boehringer Ingelheim Quality Meat Yield Class, two Rams,

1st Place P G, F C Williams
2nd Place Chris J Medlicott
3rd Place Chris J Medlicott

3748 Champion Southdown Ram

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3749 JOHN DEANS SOUTHDOWN SHEEP TERRINE.

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3750 Reserve Champion Southdown Ram

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3756 Ewe, over 30 months, shorn, and her suckling lamb(s).

1st Place I M & C A Jordan
2nd Place I M & C A Jordan
3rd Place I M & C A Jordan

3758 Ewe, 18 to 30 months, shorn and her suckling lamb(s).

1st Place P G, F C Williams

2nd Place I M & C A Jordan

3rd Place I M & C A Jordan

3760 Essential Nutrition Ewe, under 18 months, shorn.

1st Place P G, F C Williams
2nd Place  I M & C A Jordan
3rd Place  A C & L K Christey

4th Place  Sam Hughes

3761 Allflex NZ Ltd Pair of Ewes, under 18 months, shorn.

1st Place Chris Medlicott
2nd Place  A C & L K Christey
3rd Place F G & F C Williams

3764 Champion Southdown Ewe. Winner receives the Perpetual Trophy – JARMAN CUP.

Awarded to: P C,  F C Williams

3765 Reserve Champion Southdown Ewe

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3766 Supreme Champion Southdown

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3770 Most Points Southdown Section – winner receives the JAMES DEANS CHALLENGE

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan

3771 Allflex Best Carcase Southdown. Allflex kindly donate a $50 voucher.

Awarded to: I M & C A Jordan


Sheep Interbreeds Champion / Group Awards

To view results of the Inter-breed competitions click here

Buyers gather for new season lambs

Posted by Christina On November - 7 - 2018
Neil Common of PGG Wrightson sells the top cut of new season lambs for $145 a head at Stortford Lodge last week.

Neil Common of PGG Wrightson sells the top cut of new season lambs for $145 a head at Stortford Lodge last week.

THE first decent entry of new season lambs at any sale yard nationwide was presented at Stortford  Lodge last Wednesday. An annual draft consignment of 1860 Southdown cross lambs were a real talking point and successful buyers came from Taupo, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.

TAKE THE LOT: New season lambs at Stortford Lodge last week.

TAKE THE LOT: New season lambs at Stortford Lodge last week.

New season lambs anticipation builds

By Suz Bremner, AgriHQ Analyst

It was with much anticipation that the first big entry of new season lambs went under the hammer at Stortford Lodge last Wednesday.

They came in the form of 1860 annual draft Southdown-cross from Waikareao Station, Te Aute, and owner Reece Whitelock was on the rails to see them sold.

Though the lambs hailed from Te Aute, Whitelock also owns Maunganui Station at Te Pohue and between the two properties runs 7000 Romney-Perendale ewes. The older ewes (five years plus) are farmed at Te Aute and put to high-quality Southdown rams to lamb towards the end of July and some of those progeny were presented last week.

The lambs are weaned and offloaded into Stortford Lodge anywhere from mid-October to early November to make room at the Te Aute property for weaned lambs from Te Pohue. It is a system that has proved its worth in the four years it has been used, with the lambs the first to hit

the market in decent volume so have attracted a good following of buyers. In past years they have been sold in two runs but this year the decision was made to put them all into one sale and it paid dividends.

Whitelock also decided to delve deeper into the flock with this year’s consignment up just over 600 head on 2017. All lines were mixed sex, consisting of rams and ewes, and were the perfect example of what a spring lamb should be, with the Southdown qualities shining through. Though they were drafted into six lines according to lamb size the quality was consistent throughout all the pens and it was merely the age that affected the size.

According to Whitelock, last year’s draft averaged $113 but as the last hammer fell on Wednesday the average sat at $126. Bidding was equally competitive across all six lines and Manawatu, Taupo and Hawke’s Bay were all successful. The top three lines made $138-$145 with medium types returning $119-$129 and the last cut $107.50.

Articles courtesy of Farmers Weekly 22-10-2018