The Armidale Merino Stud at Gimmerburn on the Maniototo Plain has an impressive collection of silverware and A&P show championship ribbons for its stud merino sheep and fine wool fleeces.
The stud has won the national Golden Fleece Award and Central Otago Merino Breeders Clip of The Year title more times than the Paterson family can remember.
They regularly exhibit merino stud stock and fine wool fleeces on the South Island A&P show circuit and have enjoyed extraordinary success with a wealth of awards and championship ribbons to show for their efforts in recent years.
Simon Paterson holds a polled merino ram, the supreme champion exhibit in the merino fine wool section of this year's ...
Simon Paterson holds a polled merino ram, the supreme champion exhibit in the merino fine wool section of this year's Wanaka show.
For Simon Paterson, who runs the farm in partnership with his wife Sarah and parents Allan and Eris Paterson, showing stock and fleeces is all about bench-marking themselves against others in the fine wool industry.
Winning the Central Otago Merino Breeders' Clip of the Year title four times in the last 10 years has been especially satisfying for the family because it was based on production per head of the farm's whole wool clip.
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