Story: Sheep farming

Driving sheep around the coast (1st of 2)

In 1844, Charles Clifford and Frederick Weld drove a mob of sheep around the coast from Wellington to the Wairarapa – the beginning of large-scale sheep farming in New Zealand. This 1981 video shows a re-enactment of that journey. Clifford and Weld’s sheep were Merinos weakened by their sea journey to Wellington and were much smaller than the Romneys seen here.

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The establishment phase', 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