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.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The seasonal round', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 July 2024)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Mar 2015