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The Spanish or Merino ram

The Spanish or Merino ram

This image of a Spanish Merino is from Loudon’s Encyclopedia of agriculture, published in 1825. By that time Merinos had spread from Spain to many other parts of the world, and breeders had begun to adapt them to local environmental conditions. In Spain there were several different strains of Merino, of different sizes and wool fineness. This genetic diversity enabled breeders in other countries to develop distinctly different types. Many of these were later brought to Australia and New Zealand.

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Reference: J. C. Loudon, An encyclopedia of agriculture. London: A. & R. Spottiswoode, 1825, p. 996

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How to cite this page:

Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The Merino – the earliest breed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/16628/the-spanish-or-merino-ram (accessed 28 September 2020)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 3 Mar 2015