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Baa Baa Brown Sheep….

By Wendy Allison, Wairarapa In the last article we looked at how the alleles your sheep has on the Agouti locus affect how much white it will have on it, whether it’s all white, white markings on colour, or all…

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Thickthorne Llamas (and Gotland Sheep)

Janette Buckingham, Southland My passion for natural coloured animals and fibre began with an interest in llama and alpaca fibres for handcrafting. My business, Thickthorne Llamas, began in 1989 when I bought my first three llamas at auction in Christchurch.…

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Choosing a Fleece for Hand Spinning

Jenny Hart If you asked me to choose my favourite fleece to spin it would be like asking me to choose a favourite child. Each one has a different personality, strengths and weaknesses. Below are attributes to consider when selecting…

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‘The World of Coloured Sheep’

For the 6th World Congress on Coloured Sheep, which was held in Christchurch in November 2004, the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders' Association of New Zealand published a book entitled  'The World of Coloured Sheep' edited by Roger S. Lundie…

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Conundrums of Colour – Part Two

By Ross Manson Note: Originally published in the magazine of the BCSBA March 2018, Part One was published in June 2017. See also Conundrums of Colour - Part One Genetics made easy? ‘Yeah right’. At Rangiora High School, and Lincoln…

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A different use for coloured wool

By Lyn Watson and Steve Clarkson Back in 2015, we were running coloured sheep on our lifestyle block, and along with many others, were getting very little return for the wool produced. We were also looking for something to do…

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Mabel – The Promotional Sheep

Pet lambs are always a huge attraction at promotional stands, but they are not always available at the right time. The idea to make a handcrafted sheep came from a friend of mine who sent me a photo of one…

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