Story: Sheep farming

‘The Old Lincoln Breed’

‘The Old Lincoln Breed’

Lincoln rams were popular in damp areas of the North and South islands. They are big-framed, hardy sheep, and good foragers. The rams were bred with Merino ewes to produce lambs for the frozen meat trade. The Lincoln ram seen here carries a very heavy coarse fleece. Because their wool was so strong they fell out of favour for cross-breeding. With the advent of refrigeration, dairying became more profitable on the heavy North Island land where the Lincolns had been run.

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Reference: Henry B. Smith, The sheep and wool industry of Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1929

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - Early imports of British sheep breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16634/the-old-lincoln-breed (accessed 28 September 2020)

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