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Diggers Hill sheep are named after the locality in westernrnSouthland, NZ, evolved in a feral state. They have, somewhat confusingly, alsornbeen referred to as Takitimu, Dean Forest, and  Fiordlander, but the termrnDiggers Hill is preferred and used here.

rnrnThey appear to be basically of Merino origin, but arerndistinct enough to be a recognizable breed, although there is some variation inrntype. They are also typical of New Zealand feral sheep - small body weight,rnless hair on the extremities, single lambing, and a tendency to shed their finernbut chalky fleece.

rnrnThese sheep have never been shorn (as they shed their wool)rnor treated with conventional animal health treatments. They are only handled tornshift paddocks or once a year bought into the yards for the annual stock count.rnThey have a wild nature and do not like to be handled too closely (they jump arnbit like goats). The lambing begins every year in May and I am told that is howrnthey have always behaved, including the ones still in the wild. All of ourrnsheep are white but the manager has seen some black ones in the wild.

rnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand Rare Breedsrn(www.rarebreeds.co.nz).

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