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Canterbury A&P Show Results 2018

Posted by mark3738 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


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 mark3738 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

2018 Southdown NZ Manawatu/Wairarapa Tour

Posted by Christina On April - 29 - 2018


Arrive In Palmerston North
Council Meeting 11.00 am – Copthorne Hotel
6 pm – AGM at the Steeple Room at Copthorne Hotel
7.30pm – Dinner at Copthorne Hotel
Accommodation – Copthorne Hotel, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Depart Copthorne 7.45am, Approximately.
Visit Corey Prouting – Ashby Stud, Shannon

Lunch & Stud visit at Diane & Janet Gray – Silverdale Stud, Rongotea
Talk with Mike Will – Commercial Breeder using Southdown Sires
Visit Angus Beef Unit – Milson Line, Palmerston North
Explore NZ Rugby Museum (optional) or enjoy relaxation at Copthorne Hotel or stroll around Palmerston North Square – Free time

Accommodation – Copthorne Hotel, Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North
Meet at bar at Copthorne 7.00pm
Dinner – Evening Meal, Set Menu – 2 course at Aberdeen on Broadway – 7.30pm SHARP !!

Depart Copthorne 7.30am
Visit Roddy & Jan McKenzie – Glen Orrin Stud, Masterton


Visit Jill Baird`s – Wiri Stud, Gladstone

Travel to GLENBURN STATION – Arriving approx. 3.30pm – 3.45pm
Enjoy Surroundings & Explore amazing Views
Meal & Accommodation at Glenburn Station


Depart Glenburn Station at 7.30am

Morning Tea at Mount Bruce

Arriving at Palmerston North Airport approximately 1pm

Playing cricket important in sheep breeder’s life

Posted by mark3738 On March - 5 - 2018
Doug McCall, a brother of the owner, and judge Eualie Thwaites, with the Southdown ram which won the Supreme Sheep Award at the Southland A&P Association's 150th Show in Invercargill on Saturday.

Doug McCall, a brother of the owner, and judge Eualie Thwaites, with the Southdown ram which won the Supreme Sheep Award at the Southland A&P Association’s 150th Show in Invercargill on Saturday.

A cricket game at Waikoikoi prevented Ross McCall from being on hand to receive the trophy for the Supreme Sheep Award at the Southland A&P Show in Invercargill on Saturday.

McCall, who along with his wife Tracey are sheep breeders at Waikoikoi, was playing for his local cricket club. However, the luck he had at the show didn’t stretch to Waikoikoi and the home team lost to Central Western.  

He and his brother Doug, of Benio, brought the family’s entries to the show on Saturday morning and then Ross returned home.

The Southdown ram, owned byMcCall, and Tracey and David Somerville, of Pine Bush, won four awards on Saturday – Supreme, Age Group, Champion Southdown and Meat Cup. 

“He was a point off winning the supreme award at the Wyndham show [in December],” said McCall, a fifth generation farmer.

Winning the top award on Saturday provided hi m with his fourth supreme title at shows.

“It’s a big honour winning at the 150th show.”  

His brother Doug said the ram had strong qualities. 

“He’s got good hindquarters, good loin, good bone and well balanced.” 

Saturday was the first Southland A&P Association Show McCall had entered sheep in since the annual event was moved from the Invercargill Showgrounds 10 years ago. The main reason for his absence was that it clashed with him playing cricket for the Waikoikoi club, of which he became a life member in January.

“I’ve been playing cricket for 33 years.”

Calder has many memories of Southland A&P Shows

Posted by mark3738 On March - 1 - 2018

Past presidents Noel Hamilton and Graham Calder are in a team setting up for the Southland A&P Association’s 150th Show at Donovan Park

A sheep stud breeder says one of the best things about A & P Shows is the camaraderie.

And, Graham Calder likes a bit of a challenge.

Like the time it took him 40 years to win a superior sheep title cup.

Calder who owns Southdown and South Suffolk Stud at Kennington has been entering stock at the Southland A & P Association show for at least 45 years.

“It’s a good opportunity to compare your sheep with other breeds and to see how your breed is going,” Calder said.

“There’s good camaraderie with the other breeders [at the shows].”

Calder had a memorable 2017 Southland show when winning the Meat and Wool Cup for the superior sheep title.

“It took me 40 odd years to win it.” 

Calder, who is also a show past president, will work alongside another past president Noel Hamilton as sheep marshalls at the association’s 150th show in Invercargill on Saturday.

One of the highlights for Hamilton during his time as president was the staging of a Royal Show in 1994. The association had to pay $5000 to the New Zealand Royal Agricultural Society for hosting rights.

Specially-made ribbons to mark a Royal Show were needed and accommodation for overseas judges required.

“There was a lot of extra cost to hold it … sponsorship [money] covered a lot of it,” Calder said.

Calder can remember leading his neighbour’s milk shorthorn heifer in the grand parade at the 100th Southland show at the Invercargill Showgrounds.

Saturday will be the sixth year the show has been held at Donovan Park after it was at the Invercargill racecourse for three years. Before that, the showgrounds was the longstanding venue.

Hamilton said Donovan Park was a “really nice setting” for the show.

The oldest piece of machinery owned by the association is a 1960s Massey Ferguson 135 tractor which is used for mowing.

The pets’ area at the show was always popular with children, Hamilton said.


Offenders doing community service are helping volunteers to set up for Saturday’s show.

“There’s a lot of manual labour needed and without their help, we’d struggle [to get everything done in time],” Hamilton said.

Community service workers had worked for the association for many decades, he added.

Southdown NZ Newsletter 121

Posted by Christina On January - 23 - 2018


As 2017 draws to a close and in general the year has been one of surprises, be it the Jacinda media hype, Winston getting all his wishes (NZ First Christmas seem to have come early) and his party linking with Labour yet National getting the most seats but did not win the election. Think many people don’t understand MMP. Donald Trump performing in ways we have never seen a US President do, some of the past ones must cringe. Rugby held our attention again and the Lion Tour was great and a wonderful following of fans. Spoke to a few and they thought NZ was great and the people so very kind and helpful, a nice complement I thought. Weather also a topic that keeps coming up, so very very wet all year and then November came and the drought has set in and the extremely high temperatures, which about here we are not use to, day upon day.
Canterbury Stud Sale.
37 Rams sold at the fall of the hammer and 2 passed in. The Ewes 6 in and all sold. As many will have seen the reports in the paper David Robertson with his Ram Cordyline 15/16 sold for $16000.00 to Dave Gillespie. Chris Medlicott received $8500 for his Ram Clifton Downs 462/16 and there were many good prices paid. The Ewes averaged $530 and we look forward to a new member coming out of that.
To all under bidders thanks because as we all know without them the sale does not go ahead.
Feilding Stud Ram Fair.
16 Rams were sold and 4 were passed at the fall of the hammer. The average was $2206 and $6000.00 was received twice by Willowhaugh with our member Gavin Deadman being the purchaser of Willowhaugh 16/16.
Congratulations to all Vendors and please remember at any sale should you sell a Stud Ram it is your duty to complete the transfer and forward it to the Office. We will then forward a copy of the paper work to the Purchaser. For some where more than one Stud is the purchaser please show the names of the others on your form.
Payment of Accounts.
Thank you to so many of you that pay your account in full on the month you receive it. As the Society balance date is 31st December, we would appreciate it if all of the 2017 accounts were paid by then.
2018 AGM and Tour.
Council has discussed the 2018 AGM and tour and it is being hosted by members in the Manawatu and Wairarapa. The dates are Council meeting on Monday 30th April and the AGM will be held that evening and based in Palmerston North. Day 1 of the tour will be within the Manawatu and you will not have to pack your case as we stay at the hotel that night as well. The second day we head to the Wairarapa and spend the night at Glenburn Station, which is on the Wairarapa coast, (a dry area more ways than one boys). The following morning we will wend our way back to Palmerston North and will arrive at the airport in time for any to catch flights from 2.00 pm on.
Details of costs and your registrations will come out in 2018 once the Committee has all that information completed. The early time of the outline is so people are able to book early flights at hopefully better prices.
I am sure that there must be some good photos which should be on the Website so please if you have such, send them to Christina at . She is the Website lady and does such a good job so please help her. If an article about Southdown’s appears in your local paper please advise her also of that.
2018 Ram Trial.
The 2017 trial is in full swing at present and results and lots of information will come out after the lambs are killed, which is to be 15th February. More Ram Lambs will be required again for the 2018 trial and that request will be sent to you all towards the end of February. A very big thanks must go to Dave Robertson, Todd Anderson, Chris Medlicott plus all the helpers and Committee. We must not forget the Englebrecht‘s who have been involved with the trial. They are the people who put their Commercial Ewes up to be used and all have said how great they have been with people coming and going for tagging, docking (sorry tailing in the South) and weaning. It will have interrupted some of their Commercial farming ways but they have never faulted and have co-operated most willingly at all requests. The Committee’s comments have been “great people and very good farmers”.
Again thanks to all who have been involved which of course includes all the Breeders who put Ram Hoggets up for the 2017 trial.

Ram Health and Husbandry.
We attach a paper that Dave Robertson published on the above topic and Council felt it was very worthwhile to be circulated to all Members and for Members to give it to their Ram Clients. Nothing worse than hearing “your Ram left few lambs” but purchasers must in lots of cases be at least partly at fault. Rams must be looked after through their working life, not just for their first mating.
From the Pen of the President.
As we fast approach Christmas for 2017 we need to acknowledge that it has been another good year for the Southdown.
Most breeders report sound Ram sales and the Southdown was again the highlight of the recent Canterbury Ram sale.
2017 has also seen the exciting Ram trial come to fruition. The lambs are being weaned on 21st December, and being shifted to Chris and Shelley Medlicott’s to finish. They will be EMA scanned prior to being killed at Alliance where they will be via scanned and assessed for intramuscular fat. This trial is a great step for the breed and thanks again to the Breeders that have supported this initiative. Given our scale we need to remember that our strength is working together.
Like a lot of people we are very dry with people saying it could be the driest since 1990 in our area.
I would like to thank everyone for being a passionate Southdown breeder, this commitment is what makes our Society special.
Before signing off I would like to acknowledge the passing of one of our great Ambassadors, Bill Medlicott. Margaret and family gave him a great send off on Friday 8th December, at St.Johns Church, Timaru. It was great to catch up with some fellow breeders there and remember some special times. Bill was a legend of the breed and his wisdom will be sadly missed.
Merry Christmas and I hope you all have a safe and happy start to the New Year and here’s to a great 2018.

If you have an email address or even changed it please advise us so we can keep in contact. If you received this Newsletter through the post and now have an email address and that is Members without Flocks also, yes, we would like to have it.
Photos and Southdown stories direct to Christina please.
AGM and Tour for the early birds fly to Palmerston North on Monday 30th April, 2018 and you can fly out after 2.00 pm on Thursday 3rd May, 2018, from Palmerston North.
Sale of Ewes to a person wishing to become a Member of the Society the Ewes must be inspected on your property before they leave. Ring the Office prior to them being transported so we can arrange an Inspector, just give some advanced warning of your request.
Ram health and husbandry, please spread the word.
For some of you Christmas is an exciting time with perhaps new family members at your table. For others it will be a sad time because you have lost a loved one and it will be the first Christmas without them. Others have had health problems during the year and we hope that you are well on the road to recovery. Please be rest assured if any Southdown members can be of a help or a comfort to you just ask, as we are part of your family.
Joanne and I again thank you all for your friendships over the year and your co-operation and wish you and yours a very happy Christmas with family and friends and may 2018 be a safe and prosperous year.

Joanne.M.Pinfold,(Mrs) and Christine.H.Ramsay (Miss),
20th December, 2017.
Live every moment
Laugh every day
Love beyond words

Ram Health & Husbandry

Posted by Christina On January - 23 - 2018

Ram Health and Husbandry: a summary for getting the best out of your genetics
Dave Robertson BVSc BSc
Oamaru Veterinary Centre

The health and longevity of commercial ram teams is an area where farmers can invest a small amount of time and attention to make a big impact.
Having healthy rams that last mean you can focus more on culling for production based traits rather than preventable ill thrift or diseases that are not a genetic basis.
In the Beef and Lamb Genetics ram health and husbandry study we identified some key reasons for ram losses, many of which are not due to the genetics but rather the management and husbandry of those ram teams.
Below is a summary of some those areas and some management practices that may improve the outcomes for ram teams.

1. Body condition (BCS)
In the study rams lost on average 13% of body weight over mating. This seemed to be a reasonable amount to lose. However many rams were losing between 20-30% of body weight over the mating period. These rams had slower recovery of that condition and higher death and culling rates. This body condition loss was not bred-specific, rather farm specific. That is, certain farms pushed rams harder regardless of whether they were terminal or maternal types. If ewes lost a small amount of BCS over mating then ram teams lost more than 13%.
2. Parasitism
Parasite burdens on rams were very high in mixed aged good condition rams pre-mating. Add to a worm burden the stress of mating and body condition loss, then it is fair to assume that worm burden will have a significant impact on ram health and recovery of BCS post mating.
– Get rams in good condition pre-mating. BCS 3.5. Fitness of rams also can make a difference. One suggestion to exercise rams was to train the pup on rams for 1-2months prior to going out.
– Drench with an effective combination drench and boost with minerals (B12, Se, Iodine) pre-tup.
– Post mating Drench again on removal from ewes. Checking feet (see feet section below).
– Make feeding a priority over the winter to recover BCS which will help get immune function back on track.
e.g. 100kg will need at least 3kgDM daily to gain weight and this will ideally have some quality green feed or ever concentrates. Ideal live weight varies widely in rams ranging from 90 to 150kg. Therefore rams that have 130kg optimal weight will have almost 50% higher maintenance feed requirements than ram that is 90kg at optimum. This maybe part of the reason for big sheep “not lasting”.

3. Teeth
Excessive tooth wear or broken mouths were associated with ill thrift, deaths and a main reason for culling.
-Checking teeth of rams twice yearly, pre-mating and prior to working ram purchases for next year.
– tooth wear is influenced by age and the grazing pressure applied to stock. Running rams on longer pasture covers is likely to not only improve BCS but also reduce tooth wear.

4. Feet
One of the main areas of early culling of rams was for feet issues, mainly infectious foot problems such as footrot or foot abscess.
There was a wide range of opinion and attitudes toward hoof care in rams, however farmers in the survey and the ram study who made hoof prevention a priority with rams had less culling for feet related issues.

– Eradicate footrot from the ram team. This is possible as they are an isolated group for 10 months of the year. But not easiliy achieved in some cases. Inspect feet whenever the opportunity arises, ideally 3 x year. Pre-and post-mating most critical. 2 clear inspections at least 30 days apart are required to deem a group clear of footrot.
– Troughing in zinc sulfate during wet conditions will help reduce the scald. Rams leading up to mating seemed to have higher incidence of lameness, so 7-14 day troughing cycles leading up to mating will prevent simple infections becoming abscesses/footrot. Part of the fitness-pup training program!
– Outside of mating select drier paddocks or areas where rams can camp out of the moisture will reduce infection rates.
– Treating feet lesions early with systemic anti-biotics and topical spray will give best recovery rates. Some will require careful paring to relieve infection and allow healing. Hoof abscesses occur when simple lesions are neglected. Once into the joint an abscess will not respond to antibiotics.

5. Other
Get your rams vet checked annually. Testicular lesions are not uncommon and brucellosis can have a devastating effect on a flock.

Boost with 5 in 1 every year. This is a very simple way to prevent sudden death in rams

Fly protection, especially around the head pre-summer and late summer.

Social pressures. Injuries from fighting are not uncommon, but can be reduced by keeping a stable mob dynamic and not mixing rams. New 2 tooth rams are best kept separate until after mating if possible.

Top Ram Sells for $16,000 at 2017 Canterbury Elite Ram and Ewe Sale

Posted by Christina On December - 20 - 2017
David Robertson of the Cordyline Southdown Stud sold this ram for $16,000 at Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe sale 2017.

David Robertson of the Cordyline Southdown Stud sold this ram for $16,000 at Canterbury A&P Association elite ram and ewe sale 2017.

Top Ram sells for $16,000 at Elite Ram and Ewe Sale

The 2017 Canterbury A&P Association Elite Ram and Ewe Sale, held Friday 1 December, attracted a quality line up, with 223 Rams and 20 Ewes of all breeds entered into the sale. With 156 rams selling, the average sale price was $1721 and $353 for ewes with 19 selling.

The highest price was reached by a Cordyline (David Robertson, Oamaru), selling for $16,000 (purchased by AD Gillespie, Midlands Stud, Oxford). The $16,000 ram (Cordyline 15/16) was born a triplet and recently won Champion Southdown at the Southern Canterbury A&P Show. Mr Robertson has retained semen rights for the ram.

Dave Robertson (left) and David Gillespie of Midlands Southdowns who purchased the ram, Cordyline 15.16 for $16,000.

Dave Robertson (left) and David Gillespie of Midlands Southdowns who purchased the ram, Cordyline 15.16 for $16,000.

37 Southdown Rams sold at the fall of the hammer and 2 were passed in. A number of other rams sold for top prices including: $8500 (Chris J Medlicott, Waimate) Clifton Downs 462/16 purchased by Taffy Ltd and $7000 (Willowhaugh Enterprises Ltd, Blenheim) Willowhaugh 82/16 purchased by Dave Robertson & John Macaulay. Overall there was a good number of transfers and a good commercial buying power.

The ewes from Musburg (Stuart Brannigan) sold well averaging $530.

Canterbury A&P Show: A ‘Rock Star’ ram and flying gumboots

Posted by mark3738 On November - 20 - 2017

They may be little, but a dramatic steeplechase featuring Shetland ponies was one of the big drawcards at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Blue, the early leader, bowed out after missing a hurdle, leaving the path clear for Muffin and jockey Mollie Hedgman, 13, to take out the four-lap race.

The event, known as the Shetland Grand National, packed out the embankments in the Main Arena for the third and final day of the 155th show on Friday.

It was followed by the announcement of the prestigious Supreme Champion Animal of Show award, which went to a Southdown ram nicknamed ‘Rock Star’.

Christina Jordan is presented the Supreme Champion Animal of Show award for her ram, nicknamed 'Rock Star'.

The award recognises the ultimate animal at the show, pitting supreme champions from each class and species against one another.

Christina Jordan, of Blenheim, said she knew her ram, which came from a long line of winners, had “X factor” from an early age.

More than $20,000 worth of his semen had been sold to other breeders looking for ‘Rock Star’ genetics, she said.

“I’m elated. It’s been a wonderful show, it always is. It’s a credit to everyone involved for putting forward an amazing show each year.”

Event director Geoff Bone said, while official numbers had yet to come in, he expected about 100,000 people had attended across the three days.

The Canterbury Agricultural Park was packed on Friday, with an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 punters milling down the avenues under an overcast sky.

Southdown NZ Newsletter 120

Posted by Christina On July - 12 - 2017


The year rolls on yet again and for some lambing not too many weeks off. As for the weather we won’t go down that track, just hope Spring is early, dry and warm. Store lamb prices have been ever going up so perhaps this coming season the farmers that put lambs on the ground will get well paid all season. Not sure unless you have good contracts who really makes money from the gate to the plate, but I am sure the supermarkets don’t do too badly.
Been an interesting Rugby season so far and hope the ones of you who have been to any of the Lions games have enjoyed them and that includes the Tests.
Not sure how many of you have set the alarm each sailing day – I have – and what a great team and crew have been on Emirates Team New Zealand. We see Peter Burling and a quiet unassuming man that he is. They have all just got on with their jobs without all the hype of the other boats and proved the great boat designers New Zealand has and so far in advance of any one else.
Southdown Tour 2018.
Yes, it is a long way out and no dates have been discussed but it is going to be hosted within the Wairarapa and Manawatu areas. If any Members within the areas are willing to help with the itinerary suggestions and also help host it please contact Jill Baird or Janet Gray.
AGM 2017.
Thank you to all whom attended the AGM and that includes wives and partners. Council realised there would be only a small number attending due to not having an NZ Tour. The Tasmanian Tour sounded it was a success, thanks to the organisers and all whom went on it.
Council 2017/2018.
The Council continues on the same as last year with Todd as President, Donald, Vice-President, John, Treasurer, and Councillors, Stephen, Jill, Stuart, Janet, Christina, Chris, and Charles. Brent is still a co-opted Councillor and our Honorary Life Members are Puck Hughes, John Macaulay, Bill Medlicott and David Wyllie.
Thank you all for your input and time you willing give for the Society.
Christina is still the lady in charge of running it and continues to ask for items of news, photos, (have the Tasmanian ones became available?) The web site is looked at by many so it is our face to the world, therefore we need to keep it up to date. Your assistance is very much appreciated.
Stuart and Jill are still in charge of this area. Council decided last year to pay a reporter at various times of the year and have articles written and placed in the farming papers. This was because they felt the same Breeders were doing the advertising to get feature stories in a publication and they were promoting the whole breed. This way has not been all that successful but the Promotion Committee is now working with a different reporter in the hope to get articles in papers. Should any Members have any contacts with reporters you may contact Stuart or Jill to give some help.
New Members.
At the last Council meeting the following new member nominations were accepted:
S.E.Hughes, 35 Rattletrack Road, No.4 R.D., Christchurch. 7674.
Kevin McFadden, 66 Mile Road, No.2 R.D., Bombay, 2675.
Also Mrs.C.A.Cameron has taken over the flock of G.E.Johansen who is her Father. G.W.Hunt has started a flock so moves from Member without a Flock to a member with a flock.
To you all, welcome and we hope you become involved with any Southdown activities with in your area and also perhaps Shows and Sale as well as coming to the Southdown AGM tours.
There are also three more Flocks that are to join the Society with new Flocks but the final paper work is still to be completed.
Canterbury A. & P.Show 2017.
This year the Southdown trophies will be presented at the Show and this will be indicated in the schedule that will become available soon.

Ewe Inspections.
This was discussed at Council and in the current Flock Book page 5 by-law XXIV will be deleted as it is out of date. PLEASE all Members when you are selling Ewes to someone to start a new flock the Ewes must be first inspected. Please contact the Office and we will arrange for the inspection once we have contacted the President.
Looking After Rams.
Council briefly discussed this at their meeting because there is some concern when Members hear that their Rams did not perform for any real reason. They suggest that Members, when you sell Rams you don’t give a lecture to the Purchaser but perhaps discuss with them how to look after their Ram/s so that they do last for a number of mating seasons. Encourage feedback. Suggest that when they purchase them don’t put them in with other older Rams until after mating is over. When they come out of the Ewes they check them over, drench them and put them into a paddock with good feed. Don’t just take them out of the Ewes and sling them into the paddock that has the bits and pieces in and poor feed. These fellows have done their years work and need to be given care to be built up for the next year.
Allflex, Zee Tags, Woolovers.
Please find enclosed order forms for all three. You can order direct or contact the Office and we will put your orders in. Remember to get your orders in, in good time so your tags for the season are ready when the first lambs come.
The Treasurer thanks all of you who do order your sheep and even cattle tags through the Society, this as you are aware as per the balance sheet does generate revenue for the Society at no extra cost to you. Yes perhaps some companies do sell tags cheaper as a service but they add the “discount they offer” onto some other product to balance the books.
From The Pen of the President.
Firstly I would like to extend our condolences to Janet and Diane Gray and family with the passing of Rea. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. We also extend our condolences to Robyn Bradley and her family with the passing of Jim this last week also.
At the time of writing we are in the midst of winter. For us the first part has been dry however since July has arrived we have become very wet quite quickly. I hope everyone is coping ok.
Also David Robertson has just given us an update on the Southdown Progeny Trial. The scanning and AI program has gone well with enough twin bearing ewes to meet our requirements. This is a very exciting project for the Southdown breed. Thanks again David for all the great work you are doing, it is very much appreciated.
Looking ahead to the coming season, hopefully we can all have a reasonable lambing as prices look to be positive. We just need something to kick start the wool market back into life.
Some of us will be heading towards lambing shortly which for those of us further south is a scary thought. However I will take this opportunity to remind everyone that you can order your tags through the society.
To everyone we wish you all the best for the rest of the winter and here’s hoping we have a good spring for lambing.
Thanks again for your passion for the breed
Todd Anderson
Please we need more photos/articles for Christina to put on the Web-Site.
Can you help Stuart and Jill regarding promotion, if so please contact either of them.
Welcome New Members, help is only a phone call or email away if need be.
Please remember that if you are selling Ewes to a person to start a Flock those ewes MUST be inspected on your property first.
When selling Rams, consider speaking to the purchaser about caring for the Ram/s that have been just purchased.
Enclosed are Zee, Allflex and Woolover order forms. Place your orders in good time, and when doing so we would appreciate it if you show your Flock Number in the Order No. area.
Happy lambing and may the weather be kind and the percentages good.

J.M.Pinfold (Mrs) and C.H.Ramsay (Miss),