The Familiar Sheep Of New Zealand Feature On This Attractive Resin Fridge Magnet.
Sheep are a well-known feature of New Zealand life. The first sheep farms were created in the 1840s, and from 1856 to 1987 sheep farming was the most important farming industry in the country; it was then replaced as the most important by dairy farming. Although sheep numbers have decreased considerably since 1982, these charming creatures are still associated with New Zealand, worldwide. One of the first breeds of New Zealand sheep was the Corriedale. This breed was established when farmers crossed the Merino which was of Spanish origin, and known for its fine wool, with British breeds which produced better meat. Other breeds include the Drysdale, whose hairy wool is used in carpets, and the Coopworth from which a lot of meat and wool is obtained. New Zealand sheep are represented on this resin fridge magnet available to buy from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.
A Short History Of Sheep
Numbering over one billion worldwide, domestic sheep are mostly farmed for their wool and their meat. Entrenched in the consciousness of the world they have featured in mythology, as in ‘The Golden Fleece’ and as sacrifices in both ancient and modern religion. These creatures have excellent hearing and peripheral vision; they can see behind themselves without turning around. This vision can sometimes be obstructed by excess growth of wool on the face. Sheep are herbivorous creatures, preferring to graze on grass or short roughage. By nature sheep have an instinct to flock and follow a leader when moving to a new paddock or moving away from danger. The lead animal is often just the first one to move, but sheep do form a certain hierarchy using displays of dominance. Flocks of sheep are a regular site in the New Zealand countryside.
SheepWorld, New Zealand
This fascinating site is situated four kilometres north of Auckland on New Zealand’s north island. It is reachable by private transport or by organised tour, and offers a variety of attractions. Shows are staged twice a day, showing how sheep are rounded up by the dogs, separated, and shorn. For those of a more adventurous nature there is an eco-discovery trail, with interactive exhibits throughout. This trail takes visitors through wetlands and bush. For the young generation there is an adventure area made from rocks, ropes and logs; children can play here, adults can relax, and the whole family can enjoy a picnic. For families who prefer to purchase their food on site there is a café serving snacks and drinks. A final addition to the experience can be a visit to the EcoWool Store with items to buy such as merino wool and possum fur.
Auckland, an hour away from SheepWorld, is a bustling city. A visit to the centre of this metropolis can be as leisurely, or as exhilarating, as the visitor wants. Tourists can take a ride on a jet boat in Waitemata Harbour. For something a little more laid back, there is a vast array of shopping and restaurants. Auckland zoo provides the hint of nature in the urban surroundings, whilst the museum and art gallery show the cultural side of Auckland. Travelling away from the city centre boat tours can be taken to Hauraki Gulf & Island. This beautiful area provides plenty to occupy visitors from observing whales and dolphins to hill walking and swimming. So there is a lot more to New Zealand than just sheep but they will always remain a familiar symbol of the country. You can have your own piece of sheep inspired, New Zealand memorabilia by purchasing this lovely fridge magnet from World-wide-gifts.com Internet Store.