Story: Sheep farming

Sheep and cattle grazing hill country

Sheep and cattle grazing hill country

In hill country cattle improve the quality of the grazing for sheep. Cattle trample weeds and open up rough pasture. They do not compete for the same feed as sheep, but eat rough long grass that sheep will not graze. At the same time, they eat the eggs and larvae of intestinal parasites that affect sheep.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - Environment and sheep farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/16675/sheep-and-cattle-grazing-hill-country (accessed 26 August 2019)

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