2017 National Ewe Hogget Competition Winner

Ewe Hogget Trophies 2017

 In 2017 we entered both our Merino and Half Bred ewe hoggets in the National Ewe hogget competition.  Our Merino's won the Fine Wool Section and The Halfbred's won the Crossbred Section and the Overall Award.  We are thrilled to have won a national award with our commercial flock.

An Article written by NZ Farmer can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Merino Breeders Produce Top Ewe Hoggets

Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards


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This year we entered the Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards.  We were lucky enough to make the finals for this and although we didn't take out the top award we managed to win the Waterforce Water Integrated Management Award and the Massey University Innovation and Technology Award.

Recent Article Published by the NZ Farmer:

 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 ...
Rob Tipa
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.

View the rest of the article by clicking the link: 

 Merino stud all about performance

2016 Canterbury A&P Show Results

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  • Supreme Champion Fleece of the show
  • Champion Merino Fleece
  • 1St and 3rd Merial Ancare Pair (Ewe & Ram 18 to 30 Months)
  • 1st Group of Three Rams (18 to 30 Months)
  • Grand Champion Merino Ewe
  • Reserve Grand Champion Merino Ram
  • Champion Medium Poll Merino Ram
  • Champion Medium Poll Merino Ewe
  • Reserve Champion Medium Poll Merino Ewe
  • Reserve Champion Fine Poll Merino Ram
  • Reserve Champion Fine Poll Merino Ewe
  • Reserve Champion Medium Horned Merino Ram
  • Champion Medium Horned Merino Ewe
  • Reserve Champion Medium Horned Merino Ewe
  • Champion Fine Horned Ram
  • Reserve Champion Fine Horned Ram
  • Champion Fine Horned Ewe


  • 1st All Breeds Wool Breed Pair of the show (Armidale Ewe, Blairich Ram)
  • 2nd All Breeds Wool Breed Trifecta (Three Ram Hoggets, Armidale & Blairich)

Overall Winner - Clip of the Year at the 2016 Merino Excellence Awards

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 Armidale was the 2016 Clip of the year winner.  This competition measures the financail perfermance of an individuals clip by determining the value of wool shorn per stock unit.  A big thankyou to The New Zealand Wool Testing Authority for their sponsership of this award.

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Stud Details

Stud Principals: Allan & Simon Paterson
Established: 1954 Flock No. 167 (Horned), 2010 Flock No. 6 (Polled)
Stud Classer: A D & S D Paterson
Stud Adviser: Chris Bowman (Australia)
Ewe Numbers: 1000 Full Pedigree Recorded
Sale Method: Private by appointment (February)

Property Details

Area: 2054 hectares
Rainfall: 350mm
Stock Numbers: 1000 Stud Ewes, 4000 Commercail ewes, 2500 Hoggets and Trading Cattle



Armidale is a fifth generation farm located in the Maniototo.  The property is predominantly flat to rolling with two summer run blocks and 120ha of irrigation.  On average the property winters around 8000 stock units.  The property is prone to summer droughts and long winters.

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