Story: Sheep farming

Dr Dry with a Drysdale ram (2nd of 2)

Dr Dry with a Drysdale ram

F. W. Dry – seen here in his later years – researched the inheritance of hairiness in wool from 1929. By 1940 he had isolated a gene which produced a coarse medullated (hairy) fleece that was ideal for making carpet. In the 1960s the Drysdale became a commercial breed.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - New Zealand sheep breeds', 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