Strathblane Stud consists of 700 pedigree Corriedale ewes. All ewes are recorded for production traits on our National Recording Scheme, Sheep Improvement Limited (S.I.L.).
Strathblane Stud was founded in 1968 with ewes and rams from the families Glenovis Stud. Glenovis Stud was founded on Hui- Hui sheep which were linked to the Flock of James Little, our greatgreat grandfather and founder of the Corriedale breed.
Our stud ewes are run under commercial conditions, in large mobs on a Summer dry property with frequent droughts.
We probably sell more rams than any other breeder in NZ and have many satisfied clients.
Both ewes and rams are selected firstly on sound breed type and only those with good production data are retained for stud use.
Our Show results have always been good but success in recent years has been outstanding.
Sheep have been exported to over 20 countries since 1978. Recent sales of rams include Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Australia.
By John Sidey (previous owner)
Despite tough times in the wool market, the Corriedale stud ‘Strathblane’ is holding it’s own in ram sales, a credit to previous owner John Sidey’s son and daughter in law, James and Ramona Sidey. James and Ramona leased the stud farm for 7 years and recently bought the property and the stud sheep.
John says James has made some recent changes to the stud and brought with him a minimum shepherding approach, which is producing hardier, easy care lambing Corriedale. “You could call it binocular shepherding,” Sidey laughs. “James just keeps back and lets nature take its course to a degree. We’re breeding a sheep that’s more naturally disposed to look after itself. He runs the ewes very much as a commercial flock, they’ve got to fend for themselves,” John says. “We get some tough frosts here in Waikari and this farm is pretty exposed to drought, so we’re under some pressure every year but we breed sheep that are robust and can look after themselves in adverse environmental conditions.”
He says the stamina of the stud has helped ram sales, and buyers are noticing Strathblane rams shift well and thrive, which can’t be said for all rams around the country.
Wool quality remains important in James’ selection policies. “Good fleece structure is vital in hill country to keep out vegetable matter. A feature that has been lost in most other dual purpose breeds.” Breed type, structure, and carcass conformation remain as important as ever. S.I.L. (Sheep Improvement Recording) has been used in the Stud since 1968 ensuring a steady improvement in all productive traits. Breeding rams and a percentage of flock rams are foot scored to ensure the genetic improvement of foot rot resistant sheep.
Ramona’s qualifications in animal science have been an added benefit in recent years.
The lambing percentage at Strathblane is about 144 % at tailing. Many would agree that is all the lambs required in East Coast dry land farming.