Perendale sheep from Kairuru farm on Takaka Hill, New Zealand

Kairuru Perendale Sheep

Perendale wool makes up about 10% of the New Zealand wool clip. Kairuru, on the Takaka Hill runs up to 2000 perendale breeding ewes. The fleeces we select for making our yarn are ideally 28 – 32 micron. The resulting yarn is hard wearing but lofty and light at the same time. You can buy our Perendale yarn here.

Perendale are dual purpose breed – good for both meat and wool. In 1956 Perendales were bred by Sir Geoffrey Peren at Massey University by crossing a Cheviot over a Romney. The result is a hardy, lively sheep with good lamb survival rates – ideal for hill country.