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2007 Corriedale World Congress
‘Bred to perform’
At the recent Corriedale World Congress in Christchurch New Zealand, fellow breeders, delegates and speakers came from all over the world to discuss the latest developments on the world’s true dual-purpose sheep.
The conference presentations, delivered by leading industry figures, covered a wide range of topics including: meat marketing, our relations with the European Union and associated export opportunities, parasite management and Corriedale performance on the varied grazing conditions worldwide (from below 0 with snow, to the arid land we call home).
After much scientific research and on-farm trials in New Zealand and South America, ‘gene marking’ for foot-rot resistance and cold tolerance (especially important at lambing) is now a proven and practiced technique for Corriedale breeders. A simple blood test enables individual animals to be ranked according to their resistance. These technologies offer enormous benefit to all Corriedale Breeders given the wide range of climatic conditions faced.
Many of the countries talked about how much they have genetically advanced over the last ten years with particular reference to Australia and New Zealand who are using ‘Performance Recording’ and ‘Trans-Tasman Corriedale Analysis’.
From Tierra del Fuego (South America) where ewes lamb in snow and sub-zero temperatures, further north in Uruguay’s semi-tropical weather and back home in our arid climate, the Corriedale is in demand because of its commercial qualities of wool and mutton. Its self replacing and disease resistant ability is one of its most important traits making it attractive to other countries trying to re-establish their sheep industry.
To see the pressures and extremes Corriedales are farmed, and thrive in, proves the Corriedale truly is the versatile sheep bred to perform.
Pictures fron the World Corriedale Conference held in New Zealand.
Unveiling of a Corriedale Statue in Waikari, recognising work of James Little and fellow NZ breeders who ensured the spread of the Corriedale from NZ to all the major sheep rearing regions of the world.
The Australian members of the tour, pictured alongside the statue -
Back, left to right: Leigh Ellis, Richard Archer, Nick Cole, Graham Foster, Charles Archer, Wally Jenkin, Brenton Lush
Front, left to right: Jim Venters, Jim Gough, Midge Gough, Shirley Foster, Susie Archer, Andrew Nicolson, Bron Ellis, Jan Savage, Brenda Venters, Veronica Jenkin, John Savage
Absent: Sue Cole, Geoff & Marg Risbey, Judith Nicolson, James Walker
2007 World Conference - Australian Delegates
Left to right: Andrew Nicolson (Streanshalh, Tasmania), Brenton Lush (Corriedale Hills, South Australia), Shirley Foster (Haven Park, Victoria), Richard Archer (Quamby Plains, Tasmania) and Nick Cole (Stanbury at West Cloven Hills, Victoria).
Top left: Andrew Nicolson greets one of the Maori performers at the Opening Ceremony, Top right: Geoff Risbey inspects stud sheep on display
Bottom left: Sue Cole and Marg Risbey enjoy refreshments, Bottom right: John and Jan Savage one of the South Amercian delegates
Top left: Susie Archer and Gabriela (Uruguay), Top right: Jim Venters and Uruguayan delegates
Bottom left: Corriedale stud ewes at Glenovis (Doc & Jan, and Andrew Sidey), Bottom right: Andrew Nicolson thanks Eddie Orr (Glenbrae)
Photos taken at Longfield stud (John and Jo Booker)
Top left: (left to right) Jan Savage, Leigh Ellis, Bron Ellis and Jim Venters, Top right: Canterbury Crusaders mascott at NZ rugby game
Bottom left: Ram Judge Luis Gallinal (Uruguay) with rams over 20 months,
Bottom right: Andrew Nicolson congratulates James Sidey (Strahblane) on winning Supreme Champion