Story: Sheep farming

The sheep farming year

The sheep farming year is governed by the seasons. Farmers organise lambing time to take advantage of the plentiful feed in spring. As the feed quality begins to decline in early summer, the young growing lambs are weaned and then grazed on the best pasture, while the ewes are put onto poorer feed. Over summer, lambs are regularly sorted for the freezing works. In April the ewes are crutched (shorn around the udder and rear) and put onto good-quality pasture before breeding. In winter they are fed controlled amounts to conserve pasture, and also given hay to maintain their condition.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The seasonal round', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/16679/the-sheep-farming-year (accessed 28 September 2020)

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