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New Zealand Merino Sheep at Home.

Three years ago in July, 1887, Mr L. A, Macpherson, a landowner in Staffordshire, imported to England from New Zealand a small flock of merino sheep. The experiment did not attract much attention at the time, the majority of British flockmasters concluding that the failure of a similar experiment with Spanish merinos a century ago had finally established the impossibility of acclimatising fine-woolled sheep. However, Mr Macpherson quietly persevered, and the result is a pronounced success. The flock, just before the last lambing season, had increased to forty-five, and they were bearing the English climate wonderfully well. -They crossed well, not only with Lincoln and Leicester ewes, but with Shrops, Herdwicks, Cheviots, and Scotch black faces, and several young rams were let for the season at £10 each. The ewes exhibited at the Royal Windsor show .■l'i-v'.-I o- r.<M< i.i 1-! ■ i--!'i.v.' and every-

■ ■:i-,- .. > ii.'^i 11-■: i i !".-i-1 .'-00 lof such fine quality grown, in England. "Mr Macpherson has a flock of crossbreds at Corrimony, in Inverness-shire, where he keeps four of his young merino rams for crossing with Scotch black-faced ewes. This cross he finds a most profitable one for high country, as they are very hardy,, and stand the climate as well, if not better, than the native sheep, while they clip fully one pound more wool, which is worth much more than pure black-facett wool. The introduction of the merino promises to have an important bearing on the future operations of the sheepbreeders in Great Britain.

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New Zealand Merino Sheep at Home., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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New Zealand Merino Sheep at Home. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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