In New Zealand
sheep are grown to get afterwards wool and meat. Sheep farming
is very common in New Zealand. The first sheep were brought in
New Zealand by Captain Cook in 1773. In 1982 the sheep
population was over 70 million but it went down to over 40
million later on as there were not so much profits made on this
type of farming. In New Zealand the main breed found are Romney,
an English breed. The Romney breed is considered to give very
strong wool and good meat. New Zealand is considered as the
largest producer of stong wool. The Romney was introduced in New
Zealand during the 1850 and was mostly farmed in the wet lowland
of New Zealand. Dr Francis Dry made some experiment in the year
1930 and 1940 on the Romney and he discovered that this breed
carried a powerful gene that could produce very good wool.
Forty years ago Sir Geoffrey Peren developed the Perendale. He
crossed the Romney and Cheviot to get a better quality breed.
Perendale became very popular as from 1960.