Riding on the sheeps back

Just a few of the 34 million sheep in New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for the quality of the sheep they produce. The Merino with the best wool in the world and New Zealand lamb chops, with the sausages, on the BBQ are an integral part of the culture down under…

The size of the national flock is shrinking. In its hey-day, in the 1950’s to 1960’s it was 70+ million, now it is only 34 million. With a human population of just over 4 million they need good dogs to keep the sheep under control. To watch a good dog working a flock of sheep is a sight to behold. We came across these sheep on a back country road. One man and 3 dogs channelling the flock across a very narrow bridge. They didn’t hold us up for long. Just time to get some iconic photos.

Road block NZ style



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4 thoughts on “Riding on the sheeps back

  1. Last count I heard, Australian had 96 million sheep. A mob on the road is always a cultural experience.


    • Thanks for comment The driver of the bus to Milford Sound gave us those numbers… I will go google it…wonder if they count the sheep in the census???


      I have been to google. In the nz statistics they recorded 32.6 million sheep 2011 May 12th. That was an increase of 180,000 from 2009.Amazingly they do count sheep. Wonder if it sends them to sleep…


  2. Lots of sheep out here mate!!!!


  3. Maybe the other 34 million sheep have left for Aussie? (-:


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