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Sheep in the Colony.

Returns have been published showing the total number of sheep in the colony on May 31 last. The main features are given in the following tables :

* There is one owner returned as the holder of more than 100,000 sheep. Of the 132 owners of less than 100,000 sheep 113 own less than 50,000 sheep.

According to the census taken in March, 1878, there were 13,069,338 sheep ; the number had decreased in the time by 1,663,949.

District. .Number of Owners of Sheep Owning a less number of Sheep than 500 2000 20000 xooooo Auckland, 1231 owners 1083 107 41 — Napier, 239 do 42 72 104 21 New Plymouth, 90 do 8S 5 — — Wellington, 1166 do 636 386 I40 4 Marlborough, 265 do 167 47 41 IO Nelson, 517 do 464 37 11 5 Westland, 10 do 7 2 I Canterbury, 1534 do 1036 2SI 20s 42 Otago, 928 do 5 2 9 168 180 5°* 5980 owners 4049 I07S 723 132

District. No. Depasturing Total Number of Sheep On Freehold. OnCrown Land Auckland Napier New Plymouth Wellington Marlberough Nelson Westland Canterbury Otago 45 2 .403 1,359.409 11,264 1.396,473 539,275 243.556 3.732 2,015,017 1,422,760 1,118 43,549 56,770 223,968 121,046 920 1,356,887 2,157,242 453,521 1,402,958 11,264 1,453,243 763.243 364,602 4.652 3,371,904 3,580,002 Totals, 1879 „ 1878 7,443,889 3,961,500 11.405,389 13,069,338 The numbers of different breeds ,of sheep, divided into three classes, are given as follows : — Merinos Long-wool Cross-bred Males 3,048,25. 310,571. S 8 4.96 Females 13,543,86 1! 530,75 72.387,06 Total 16,592,118 5 841,330 ip, 972,031

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Sheep in the Colony. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 21, 13 November 1879

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