Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Sheep Farm Wairau Valley

My World, This is my latest posting for the My World meme. It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar,Sandy, Wren, Louise and fishing guy. Do join in and show us all your world.

Sheep Farming in the Wairau Valley, there was a time when there were more sheep than people in our country., but not any more, now there is more diversification down on the farms, new crops and new animals are being farmed. In the district the viticulture has taken over much of the sheep farming land. There is greater profit in grape growing and less work year round.

Paddocks full of sheep graze peacefully in their paddocks up the Wairau Valley in Marlborough.
At the shearing shed sheep await their turn to have their fleece removed.

26 comments:

Rudee said...

Hmmm. If I had to choose, I think I'd choose the sheep and their fleece. I'd make wine from the abundance of dandelions.

Marja said...

I love the NZ sheep They are prettier than the Dutch onces who have more pointy faces. nice pictures

Karen said...

Yes, I remember the days when were outnumbered by the sheep.

I used to joke that if the sheep ever revolted, then us Kiwis would be in big trouble !! :-)

Lovely photos...

Janet said...

Thank you for popping past my blog! Yours is very interesting! To answer your comment about taking them a truck load of timber, I wish it was possible. There are 25 000 people living in that settlement and crime is rife. It is certainly not a place to go into! A good idea though!

Maria Berg said...

I was working as a Hut warden in Tangariro(spelling?) national part, it was 9 years ago - and I love to come back.
My bring my family next time.
So now I can see the bear since they are new.

Have a great day,
/MB

Firefly said...

South Africa also has big sheep farming areas. Just north of us is a dry nearly semi desert area called the Karoo where there is a lot of sheep farming. There is a very big demand for Karoo lamb in the shops as the Karoo vegitation naturally flavours the meat.

David C. said...

NZ looks beautiful. I have never heard of anyone who visited there and didn't love it. Someday I'd like to see it in person.

Arija said...

They look remarkeably like English Leicesters. We have some as well although as a breed they are not profitable except when cross-bred for lambs.
I am so sorry to see so much land under viticulture. We have the same thing here in Oz as well and the bottom is starting to fall out or the profitability for farmers as there is a glut of grapes.
Nice post.

Elisabeth's bright side said...

If I didn't know better, I would say this could from Norway. But there you have the details that tells the truth. Have a fine week!

Big Hair Envy said...

What a beautiful picture of "Your World"!! The mountains in the background make the sheep even more beautiful:)

Thanks for "traveling" such a long way to visit my blog! I hope you'll be back soon;)

Nessa said...

Amazing landscape. Cute farm.

T and S said...

Neat series of images Glennis. The first one with the landscape included is the best

rainfield61 said...

I love your pictures that display interesting information.

Kleine-creative-Welt said...

Hi,
you show us so beautiful Landscape Photos in your posts. It looks like posters. There I would like to be.
Greetings - Ruth

Mary Elizabeth said...

Lovely world! Beautiful photos.
Now and Then

Marites said...

so, it was quite true what i've heard before that NZ has more sheep than people. i can see vast expanse of green in your pics and it's no wonder if there're more agricultural activities. The pics are very nice.

ellievellie said...

This exactly how I imagine your part of the world - green paradise with raming sheep! Thank you for that vizion!

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