Along a rural road in NZ Southland.
New Zealand has 45 million sheep and produces the finest wool in the world. New Zealand is also the biggest producer of wool in the world after Australia. The sheep outnumber the country’s human population by more than 11 to one. British colonists first successfully introduced sheep to New Zealand in the early 1800s. Today there are six main sheep breeds, and about 30 breeds in total. Farmers keep breeds that best suit their type of farmland and climate. The Merino, for instance, is favoured in the alpine grasslands of the South Island’s Southern Alps. Halfbreds and Corriedales are bred on the foothills and plains east of the Alps. Romneys, Coopworths, and Perendales are typical of the ‘crossbred’ breeds, used for meat and wool production.
Panasonic Lumix Camera Model DMC-FZ35 July 2010