Ram Breeding

Turanganui Romneys provides a balanced genetic package, centred on traits worth most to the commercial farmer. Our main breeding goals are to make our customers’ sheep more profitable to farm, and for continual improvement with our sheep, through genetic science.

We run 1,300 hoggets mated and 4,300 ewes – all fully recorded on the SIL database. We also run 1,000 beef cattle.

Turanganui Romney and Romdale stud rams are sold on-farm for 4-5 weeks from November each year, to clients from the North and South Island. Distance isn’t an issue and we can arrange transportation – we send sheep as far as the Chatham Islands.

Clients can choose stud rams in person, or we pick on their behalf. Contact us to discuss your performance needs and price bracket, if you’re interested in becoming a client.

Balanced Genetic Package

By this we mean everything is in proportion; providing 150-155% lambing percentage, 28-32kg at weaning (third week of November), and growth to approximately 20kg carcass.

Turanganui selects the best breeding ewes, based on key traits such as (but not limited to):

  • Mothering ability
  • Survivability
  • Fertility
  • Lambing percentage
  • Weaning & Growth rate
  • Parasite resistance
  • Facial eczema resistance
  • Wool production

Turanganui Romneys

Mothering ability is an essential part of our breeding ewe selection process. It’s a trait Turanganui Romneys are well-known for, in addition to:

  • Twinning & easy lambing
  • Vigour: active & freemoving on hill country
  • Good feet, stand well
  • Long & broad-bodied
  • Clean faces & legs
  • Impressive wool cover

Capable of 165% ewes mated to lambs docked, with a 10-year average survival to sale running at around 155%. Turanganui Romney lambs grow quickly and produce a meaty carcass.  


Turanganui Romdales

We breed Romdales as a joint venture with the Mt Guardian Perendale stud (North Canterbury). Perendale ram hoggets are mated with Turanganui stud Romney ewe hoggets, with the progeny sold as two-tooths.

Turanganui Romdale traits include:

  • Extra vigour
  • Mothering ability
  • Survivability
  • Thrive in tough/hill/high country
  • Low input, easy care
  • Less intensive lambing