Story: Sheep farming

Sheep and cattle, Taranaki

Sheep and cattle, Taranaki

Because of the high rainfall in Taranaki, cattle did very well there, but Merino sheep did not. Early settlers imported sheep from Britain that were more suited to the wet conditions, but cattle always did better, and the area became known for dairying. This 1867 watercolour shows the small scale of farming in the North Island’s bush districts. Large-scale sheep farming was booming in the South Island by this time.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-030-003
Watercolour by Richard Pheney

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The establishment phase', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/16627/sheep-and-cattle-taranaki (accessed 23 March 2019)

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