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The Sheep of New Zealand (and other farm animals)

There used to be 70 million! - with falling wool prices, less demand for sheep meat, and the current high prices for dairy produce, numbers have reduced to about 40 million as many farmers convert from sheep to dairy. Also unfortunately economic reality forces some farmers into mass production which has a disastrous effect on both livestock welfare and also in some cases on the environment. Over dairying causes havoc on some rivers and streams as one example.

Fortunately there are still thousands of totally responsible farmers, caring for their live stock, producing great food for the consumers both locally and overseas.

Some other farm animals are also depicted in these images.
definitely not sheep Highland Cattle Bull, no Horns Mmmhhh - green grass is good! Highland Cattle - looks fierce but regarded as docile unless calves are present
Fattened up for Sunday Roast City Rabbit Goats want attention too Painted Sheep on a Fence
a sad cow a happy pig a sheep Sheep Country
Catch me if you can Catch me if you can (ii) Spring Lamb Wild Goat
One among gorse Sheep on a hill Happy Ram 5 sheep
24 Dec 04 - Christmas Dinner? 22 Dec 04 - Excuse Me, I am looking for Roast one sheep one sheep
cruising on the interisland 27 May 07 - Sheep with Black Face 19 October 05 - Country living 16 Nov 04 - 3 Sheep on a Hill
19 Feb 05 - They Call Me Curly! a brown daggy sheep 16 August 07 - Signs of Spring Autumn sheep
sheep on a rolling hill Farm gate with red lichen sheep hey! what are we doing here?
2 sheep a happy cow DSC_1236-1000.jpg