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Merino sheep

Merino sheep

When Australian sheep farmers crossed the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, they brought livestock with them. In particular, they brought the Spanish merino breed which was well established in Australia by the 1840s. New Zealand sheep farmers continued to import Australian stud merino for many years.

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How to cite this page:

John Wilson, 'Australians - Sheep farmers, gold miners, soldiers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/607/merino-sheep (accessed 7 May 2021)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 10 Mar 2015