Story: Sheep farming

Drysdale ram (1st of 2)

Drysdale ram

The Drysdale was bred from Romney sheep by selecting animals that grew coarse wool. Romneys’ dense, even wool cover creates a thatch, protecting the fleece from weather, dirt and vegetation, but the Drysdale’s fleece is rougher and more open. Drysdale rams have horns, while Romney rams have none.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - New Zealand sheep breeds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

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