The Mataroa Cheviot Stud was
established in 1951 for the purpose of being able to select suitable rams to
continue with a programme of farming Cheviot-Romney cross sheep on undeveloped
Taihape Hill Country (500-700 metres) farmland purchased in 1947. Due to the success of this operation and the
experience gained, Bill Cleaver and his son Barry joined five other stud breeders,
and with the assistance and guidance of Sir Geoffrey Peren of Massey College, formulated
the founding of the Perendale Society.
Their involvement with the
Cheviot breed in over 60 years has never been regretted. The breeds alertness, intelligence and
protection of their lambs is unique and with their aristocratic stature are a
sheep that is easily farmed. This is a
breed that thrives on good sheparding and sheep husbandry practices.
They are excellent for crossing
with other breeds, being vigorous at birth and because of their body shape
they cross well with hoggets. Their origin is
unknown and are said to be one of the world’s oldest breeds, arriving in New
Zealand from the hills and dales of Scotland in the mid 1850’s. They are a great breed and one to farm with
Mataroa Cheviots currently run 100 ewes and the rams are sold on farm over December/January.
Easy Care | High Lamb Survival | Enquiries Welcome