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The aim is to maintain purebred registered flocks that consistently breed true to type. The Register was established in New Zealand in 1985.

Stock and semen are available from breeders of registered flocks. Breeders in other countries interested in importing sheep or semen from New Zealand should initially contact the Association Secretary to arrange for the necessary documentation.

The Rules and Regulations of our Registered Purebred section must be adhered to:

  • A history of the flock’s purebred origin must be provided at the time of registration and breeding records of the individual sheep must be available whenever the animals are inspected.
  • All sheep inspected must be wearing numbered metal or plastic ear tags with flock prefix, year of birth and sheep’s number as a permanent form of indentification. (Sheep without these tags will not be inspected).
  • Minimum fleece length at time of inspection: Merino – 2cm; other fine wool – 3cm; strong wool – 5cm.
  • Administration costs a fee of $25.00 will be charged to register a flock, plus a fee of $1.00 per head for each sheep registered.

Champion Merino Ram with owners Leo and Karen Ponsonby of Greenacres Farm.

Further Information

Anyone wanting further information about registered purebred sheep should contact the Registrar, Sydney Shep, Aeolia, PO Box 6386, Wellington, [email protected]

About the Association

This Association was founded in 1976. There are now twelve branches throughout New Zealand, and members range from small block owners to those with large commercial flocks. Some produce wool for use in their own handcrafts such as spinning, felting and weaving, or to sell to craftspeople. Others are involved in commercial production of natural coloured wool products, or breed for high quality sheepskins. Some do not own sheep, but have an interest in natural coloured wool.

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