Story: Economic history

Sheep numbers, 1851–2014 (2nd of 2)

The successful export of wool and meat encouraged a consistent growth in sheep numbers until the early 1980s, when the removal of subsidies and falling demand for wool led to a sharp decline during the last years of the 20th century. By 2014 sheep numbers were estimated at 29.6 million.

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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Sources: G. T. Bloomfield, New Zealand: a handbook of historical statistics. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984, and Statistics New Zealand

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Early pastoral economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010