The Perendale was developed in New Zealand during the 1950's at Massey University
by G. Perren to meet the needs of hill country farmers on developing country. It is
still a very popular breed in New Zealand.
Developed from the Cheviot and Romney, the Perendale is a dual-purpose sheep producing a 28-32 micron wool with a 125 mm
staple length. The Perendale is characteristically a high fertility animal, and has
great potential to produce a prime lamb dam 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
The Perendale was accepted as an established breed in Australia in 1975.
Brian Oliver, New Zealand
Handbook of Australian Livestock, Australian Meat & Livestock Corporation, 1989, 3rd