Kōrero: Sheep farming

Merino and Romney wool

Merino and Romney wool

Compared to Romney wool (right), fine Merino wool (left) is much shorter, and much brighter and whiter. Merino wool is also a lot tighter, with all the fibres held together within the staple, and the crimps (bends in the fibres) are much closer together. The Halfbred, being a cross between the Romney and Merino, is halfway between the two.

Wool staples courtesy of Tectra Ltd

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photographs by Melanie Lovell-Smith

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Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, 'Sheep farming - The Merino – the earliest breed', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/16632/merino-and-romney-wool (accessed 21 July 2024)

He kōrero nā Hugh Stringleman and Robert Peden, i tāngia i te 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Mar 2015