About Hokonui Sheep
Hokonio Sheep are from the Hokonui hills in
the heart of Southland, New Zealand, where they have made the rugged and
isolated Hokonui Hills their home for more than a century.
At one time more than 2000 Merino sheep
roamed the hills. Today only about 100 remain feral. Another 100 to 150 are
being retained in domestic flocks.
Wild sheep were known to occur in this area
as early as 1863 – only a few years after the first Merinos had been brought to
Re-domesticated Hokonui sheep continue to
display feral behavior patterns. They build strong family groups, and quite
frequently a junior ram will stand guard over a younger lamb while the mother
goes off to feed.
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