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Memory of loyal supporter honoured at show

Posted by The Roving Shepherd On April - 2 - 2020

North Otago A&P Association stalwart Dave McClea was remembered during a special event at this year’s show.

The 157th North Otago show included a Southdown feature show in memory of Mr McClea who died in May last year.

He and his wife Pam had run their Charleston Southdown stud at their sheep and cropping farm at Kakanui.

When he retired from farming in 2002, Mr McClea’s dispersal sale at the showgrounds attracted buyers from across New Zealand. Three of the ewes equalled the record Southdown price of $1800.

Mr McClea’s service to the association, which began in 1980, was acknowledged with life membership in 2007.

While helping with the trade space, the plough he helped design for burying electric cables for powered sites was dubbed the ‘‘Davy Dig’’.

Hook breeder Chris Medlicott was delighted to win the David Simpson Cup with his Southdown ewe lamb, the breed featured in memory of the late Dave McClea.

Hook breeder Chris Medlicott was delighted to win the David Simpson Cup with his Southdown ewe lamb, the breed featured in memory of the late Dave McClea.

Hook (South Canterbury) Southdown breeder Chris Medlicott, who won the David Simpson Cup with his ewe lamb, said it was ‘‘extra special’’ because of the connection with Mr McClea.

‘‘He was a good guy.’’

The two had bought rams from each other over the years, Mr Medlicott said.

He believed the standard of sheep at the show was better than he had seen in Oamaru for a while.

‘‘Everything’s pretty good with the sheep industry at the moment.’’

Retired breeder and butcher Butch Gordon, who presented the Wool Cup to Five Forks’ Jeff Thompson for his Border Leicester ram, said it was a great example of the breed.

And Maheno Suffolk breeder Kerry Dwyer, who won the Meat Cup, was ‘‘doing a great job to keep the meat breed going’’.

Young people should show their livestock as a learning process, looking at other people’s breeds to compare what they were doing and noting what they needed to do to reach those standards, Mr Gordon said.

The supreme sheep award was presented by South Canterbury judge John Macaulay to Mr Dwyer for his Suffolk ewe.

‘‘There are some very good sheep here — great examples of the respective breeds. They’re a credit to you guys who have stuck at it.

‘‘We’ve got encourage young breeders … us old buggers have got to go out of our way to encourage these young buggers on board.’’

New Southdown Australia Website

Posted by Christina On March - 4 - 2020

Southdown Australia

The new Southdown Australia website has been launched and includes contact details, breed standards and more information.

You can check it out for yourself here https://www.southdownaustralia.com.au/

Southdown Named Supreme Sheep of Gore Show

Posted by The Roving Shepherd On February - 4 - 2020

A large crowd gathered to watch the sheep judging which comprised many breeds from the traditional Romneys, Perendales, Southdowns and Suffolks through to Dorpers and Merinos.

The Gore sheep show has become so popular that it was second only to the New Zealand A&P Show in Canterbury.

A Southdown ram, owned jointly by Rob Hall, Graham Calder and Andrew Christey, was named the supreme sheep of the show with Blair Robertson’s Romney ram coming in a very close second.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand chairman Andrew Morrison praised breeders for the quality line up of sheep at the show.

“It’s a great demonstration of sheep and why our industry is so strong.

“The past decade has been the most profitable in sheep farming in 60 years and that’s off the back of some great genetics,” Morrison said.

Morrison assured sheep farmers that wool would eventually make a comeback.

Brothers and their stock in limelight at Winton A&P Show

Posted by The Roving Shepherd On January - 22 - 2020
Alister Hall, left, and his brother Rob had a day to remember at the Winton A&P Show.

Alister Hall, left, and his brother Rob had a day to remember at the Winton A&P Show.

Alister Hall, his brother Rob and daughter Teegan had a special family moment at the Winton A&P Show on Saturday.

For the first time, the brothers each had a supreme winner at the same show. Alister’s Friesian cow won the Supreme Dairy Animal Award and Rob’s Southdown ram was judged Supreme Sheep. The day got better for Alister when the Friesian was named the show’s Supreme Exhibit.

Teegan added to the occasion by receiving a $1000 first year agricultural scholarship from the show organisation.

 

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Ram sales season off to good start

Posted by The Roving Shepherd On December - 12 - 2019
Visitors from North Otago (from left) Martin Parsons and Ross Nimmo look at Romney and Southdown rams on sale at the Merrydowns stud.

Visitors from North Otago (from left) Martin Parsons and Ross Nimmo look at Romney and Southdown rams on sale at the Merrydowns stud.

Although it is only a couple of weeks into the Otago and Southland ram sales season, early indicators are the numbers are looking good for buyers and sellers.

Blair and Sally Robertson, of Merrydowns Romney and Southdown Stud, and the Otago Southland Coopworth sale in Gore were some of the first off the auction block last week.

PGG Wrightsons livestock genetics representative Callum McDonald said the ram sales season had just started.

‘‘However, indicators are showing it will be strong,’’ Mr McDonald said.

‘‘The rams are good quality, with good performance and are well sought after.

‘‘Merrydowns’ average was $1585 for Romney rams and $1167 for Southdown rams.’’

Blair Robertson

Fourth-generation stud sheep breeder Blair Robertson, from the Merrydowns stud at Waikoikoi, enjoyed a strong on-farm sale in West Otago last week for a catalogue of 229 Romney and Southdown rams.

The top priced Coopworth ram at the Gore sale last week was sold by George and Fraser Fletcher for $2300 and the average price was $1425.

‘‘They are good rams that ticked the boxes and people have the confidence to pay the money.’’

Carrfields livestock agent Roger Keach said while it was early in the ram sale season for Southland and Otago, a record was set for a Dorset Down ram in Cheviot last week.

‘‘It was offered by Colin Smith, of Bankhead Stud, Rangiora, and bought by Ian Stevenson, of The Gums Partnership, of Cheviot, for $17,500,’’ Mr Keach said.

He said the record price for selling a ram was $41,000, set more than 25 years ago.

A top price of $8500 was achieved at the Merrydowns Romney and Southdown ram sale last week.

Jack Robertson (left), of Merrydowns stud, chats with Trevor McCall, of Charlton.

Jack Robertson (left), of Merrydowns stud, chats with Trevor McCall, of Charlton.

Mr Robertson was pleased with the prices at the 11th on-farm sale at Waikoikoi last Tuesday.

‘‘It was a successful sale.

‘‘The average prices was $1425 overall, and the top ram, a Romney, was $8500, which went to Dean and Fiona Addenbrooke, of Ruakiwi, Tuatapere,’’ he said.

‘‘He was a very good quality ram, well balanced, with beautiful wool and good performance data.’’

The price received compared favourably with last year’s top selling ram, a Southdown, which sold for $7000.

There were 70-80 buyers registered, which was on par with previous years, and 85 Southdown rams and 144 Romney rams offered.

The Gore Ram Fair will be held at the Gore showgrounds on January 21 and 22.

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 _______________________________