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Hokonio Sheep are from the Hokonui hills inrnthe heart of Southland, New Zealand, where they have made the rugged andrnisolated Hokonui Hills their home for more than a century.

rnrnAt one time more than 2000 Merino sheeprnroamed the hills. Today only about 100 remain feral. Another 100 to 150 arernbeing retained in domestic flocks.

rnrnWild sheep were known to occur in this arearnas early as 1863 - only a few years after the first Merinos had been brought tornthe district.

rnrnRe-domesticated Hokonui sheep continue torndisplay feral behavior patterns. They build strong family groups, and quiternfrequently a junior ram will stand guard over a younger lamb while the motherrngoes off to feed.

rnrnContent and Photo Source: New Zealand RarernBreeds (www.rarebreeds.co.nz).rnrn

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