More than 60 registrations from throughout New Zealand have
been received for Perendale New Zealand's national conference
in Otago this week.
Planning for the annual event, which alternates between the
North and South islands, began nearly a year ago. The
conference begins on Thursday with registrations and a
On Friday, there is a bus tour to South Otago, visiting the
Mitchell family's Hillcrest stud at Clinton, and the Gardner
family's stud near Balclutha. There will also be a visit to
AgResearch's Invermay research centre, and to the Elders
woolstore to view a wool competition.
A trip to the Strath Taieri area will be held on Saturday and
the conference will finish on Sunday with the society's
annual meeting and a closing dinner.
Perendales were bred by Sir Geoffrey Peren at Massey
University, by crossing a Cheviot over a Romney in 1956. The
Perendale Sheep Society was formed three years later.
Sir Geoffrey was born in England and obtained a degree from
the Ontario Agricultural College. Serving in World War 1, he
won the Croix de Guerre.
He came to New Zealand in 1924 to take up the newly
established chair in agriculture at Victoria University.
In 1927, he became founding principal of Massey Agricultural
College, a position which he held for 31 years.
Soon after his retirement, he was the leading figure in the
formation of the Perendale Society. For 20 years as honorary
secretary and patron, he devoted his energies to the
development of the breed and the affairs of the society.