Author(s): Richard Wolfe
Let's face it - this is sheep country. Sheep still outnumber New Zealanders by about ten to one. They're hugely important to us - they have propped up the nation's economy for ages; they've enriched our language (with their dagging and drenching and dipping) as well as the table; been the subject of countless jokes; and reminded us of our rural roots. They're now the stuff of high fashion. It's hard to imagine New Zealand without them. So it's about time we had a book to give us the lowdown on our woolly friends. Here it is: A Short History of Sheep in New Zealand - everything you ever wanted to know about sheep; an in-depth history of sheep, their origins and how they came to be so important to New Zealanders; a miscellany of sheep trivia and facts; <the handbook for sheep farmers. First published November 2006.
Richard Wolfe is a well-known social historian and writer.
1. Sorting Sheep from Goats (evolution & domestication of sheep) 2. Defining the Breed (the nature of sheep) 3. New Pastures (sheep introduced to Australia and New Zealand) 4. Our First Flocks (sheep established in New Zealand and early importance of wool) 5. Preserving Meat (the advent and importance of refrigeration, & the export trade) 6. 20th Century Sheep (developments in the 1900s) 7. Sheep Futures (the outlook for New Zealand's sheep) PLUS All the Breeds; Famous Sheepmen and shearers; Sheep references; Tupping and Other Terms: A farm glossary; Keeping Sheep: Maintenance, medical matters & handy hints; and Famous Sheep