Story: Sheep farming

Tough sheep for tough conditions

Tough sheep for tough conditions

By the 1940s, farmers in the North Island hill country were complaining that the then-fashionable Romneys were not hardy enough. Animal scientists and some breeders set out to improve them so they could handle the tough conditions, and one result was the Perendale breed. This cartoon by Nevile Lodge is a wry take on the effort to breed ‘tough’ sheep.

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Cartoon by Nevile Lodge

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The refrigerated meat trade', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/16642/tough-sheep-for-tough-conditions (accessed 14 August 2020)

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