Dear clients and interested farmers
We are pleased to announce the ownership of Ile de France NZ and its satellite flock,
Raggedy Range Ile de France, has changed to Robert and Jean Forrester in partnership with
James and Lisa Thomson both located in North Canterbury.
Farm succession and restructuring led the Ponsonby and Rohloff families to sell this exciting
new breed that is now gaining recognition as a meaty maternal that has outstanding
constitution in regions subjected to regular summer droughts. It has been unfortunate that
our location has been too far south of main regions where this breed excels. However
enough ram buyers have reported huge gains in “days to slaughter” and the breed’s ability
to tolerate drought conditions being backed up by outstanding results for Growth (both pre
and post weaning) and Resistance to Worms in the five Central Progeny Test flocks.
Both new owners have dry land farms and are clients of Ile de France NZ, James Thomson
having started at our beginning with this breed.
We have every confidence that this breed will continue to progress in performance and
functionality as the new owners are continuing with the direction and breeding goals we set
in place after 2010. We strongly recommend them as your future supply of maternal breed
rams suited to summer dry regions.
Finally the Ponsonby and Rohloff families sincerely thank those farmers who gave our Ile de
France breed a go, have reported back so many encouraging results and have spread the
word about this new breed.
Murray Rohloff and Peter Ponsonby