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New Zealand Lamb


New Zealand Lamb

New Zealand Lamb

The origins of the Corriedale sheep lie in early experiments in interbreeding long wool breeds with Merinos.

The manager of North Otago’s Corriedale Station, James Little, started attempting in 1868 to institute a fixed inbred half-bred which is a half-bred that engenders true to type when he matched more than six hundred Romney rams with Merino ewes.

In 1874, William Soltau Davidson at the Levels Station attempted a similar breeding program utilizing Lincoln rams.


The inbred half-bred by the 1890s was since widely acknowledged as the Corriedale, and this name was formally sanctioned by the Sheep Breeders’ Association in New Zealand in 1905.


From the beginning, the Corriedale was raised for both meat and wool. Its fleece is long and average-to-fine with a prominent crimp, and established a willing market in the worsted trade.

The Corriedale is more fertile as compared with the Merino, and its young grow to adulthood early to develop a well-muscled meat stock.

The Corriedale sheep was farmed for the gentle hills and plains of the drier eastern regions of both the South and North islands.

The breed is also bred in South and North America, Eastern Europe, and Australia. Presently, it competes with the Merino as the most popular breed of sheep in the world.


In New Zealand, there are over 2 million Corriedales, and over a hundred million globally.The Colonial Half-bred or Half-bred was bred in an effort to retain the quality of wool of the Merino, foraging hardiness and ability, while enhancing its production of lamb and improving its conformation of carcass for the meat trade.


Normally, a Merino is interbred with an English Leicester or Romney to come up with a first-cross half-bred ram, which is subsequently bred with a half-bred flock of ewe.


The Half-bred can manage under more difficult conditions than can the Corriedale, and is based in the high country and foothills of the South Island. The national flock is approximately more than a million.

The Romney y the early 1900s in New Zealand was clearly unlike from the Romney from Kent from whence it was bred, even though the title New Zealand Romney was not officially adopted till 1956.

When the British breeders changed their stress to the production of meat the sheep got larger, but the quality of wool declined. Wool stayed vitally crucial for the farmers of New Zealand, so local breeders chose their sheep for both meat and wool production.

The Romney is fitted to high precipitation and heavy lands, and has the highest resistance to foot rot of any sheep breed in the country.

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It produces a heavy wool used in furnishings, knitting yarns, and carpets. Through the 20th century the Romney was New Zealand’s the single most favorite breed. It presently makes up approximately sixty percent of the country’s total flock of more than twenty five million sheep.



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