• New Zealand's five rare feral sheep breeds

    5 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Arapawa ewes
    These five feral sheep breeds are vastly different to romney breed which make up approximately 68% of this country's sheep population. They are extremely rare and are part of New Zealand's colonial history.
    Words: Nadene Hall Photos : Michael Trotter and Inger Keymer, Rare Breeds Conservation Society
    WOODSTOCK SHEEP
    Breed: merino
    Found: Woodstock station, west of Oxford, Canterbury
    Wool: white wool, high percentage of rare primitive ‘badger' faces
    About: believed to have escaped from domestic flocks in the 1890s, known for their clean legs and faces, dag-free...
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  • Why scientists are interested in these rare New Zealand feral sheep

    Why scientists are interested in these rare New Zealand feral sheep

    5 monthes ago - By NZ Life & Leisure

    Part of the Aukett's Mohaka flock.
    These rare sheep breeds are living reminders of New Zealand's colonial history, but may also hold the genes to future farming success and much more.
    Words: Nadene Hall Photos: Demelza Aukett, Inger Keymer, and Michael Trotter
    If you've ever watched Antiques Roadshow on TV, you'll know the most important thing is provenance, being able to prove that the item in question is as old and important as you think it is.
    When it comes to the rarest of the sheep breeds in New Zealand, it can be difficult to know 100% if offspring are still ‘pure' but for Northland...
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