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Pohatu's rare breed of sheep

Perandale Sheep
Perandale lamb
  • It is raised primarily for meat. but is a perfect dual purpose sheep for meat and wool.
  • Do well in steep mountainous areas.
Romney marsh Sheep
Romney Marsh sheep
  • The Romney, which had originated on Romney Marsh in the English county of Kent, was introduced to New Zealand in 1853 and was the predominant sheep breed being farmed.
  • Good constitution—adapting well to varying terrains and climates.
  • Good fertility (120–200%).
  • Good producer of both meat and strong wool but not high yield or fast growth re-meat.
  • Good mothering and survivability
Arapawa sheep
Arapawa Sheep - Pohatu penguins
  • Although there are many theories of how the sheep arrived, it is generally accepted that they are descendants of Merino strains from Australia
  • The ram can grow horns that have reached over a meters on both sides
Valais Blacknose sheep
Valais Blacknose lambs - Pohatu penguins
  • It is a dual-purpose breed, raised both for meat and for wool, but mainly wool production which is good for felting and carpets.
  • Placid nature, easily trained make them perfect pets. 
  • They're known as the World's cutest sheep.
English Leicester sheep
  • The English Leicester, from UK is a pioneer breed suited to rough grazing country and was amongst the earliest sheep imported to NZ.
  • Dual purpose, very good for crossing with Merino to give increased wool, has a good constitution and more meat.
  • They are also crossed with Merino to produce half breeds and were used to establish the Corridale sheep breed which is still a popular breed in new Zealand.
  • Alert, large body frame, quiet temperament and high lambing average.