The Stud History
- Val d'Or is French for "Valley of Gold"
Registered Flock # 868
Val d’Or Suffolks
1985 - Founded by Philip & Louise Jackson. Philip was an enthusiastic Suffolk Breeder, making appearances wherever Suffolk Sheep assembled.
Philip was at the forefront of
introducing American bloodlines into
the NZ Suffolk. He was joined in partnership by Derek Daniel
(Wairere Romney's) in 1991, together they imported 3 (75%)
American Blood Rams and 100% American Blood Semen from Australia.
1997 - Jeremy Hodson purchased the stud. A long time neighbour and friend of Philip's, Jeremy had always had an interest in the workings of the stud.
Continuing the policy of producing fast growth rate, lean sires suitable for today's markets, Jeremy further introduced imported Suffolk Ram semen from other top NZ & Australian Suffolk producer's, building the Stud to a impressive level of quality and up to 395 ewes to the ram in 2001.
2001 - Andy & Brigie Sims buy a 50% share of the stud.
June 2003 - Andy &
Brigie purchased the remaining 50%.
April 2016 - Jace & Todd Heynes purchase 100% of the stud. Stud flock was reduced in size from 190 to 150. As in 2003 only the best ewes have been retained. Jace has a keen interest in continuing the genetic performance, producing terminal sires that farmer clients demand.
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Last revised: May 03, 2016