Our Wairarapa Women in Farming group recently gathered at Rural Women member Janet and husband Craig Morrison’s farm at Te Wharau, east of Masterton to hear about and see their Drysdale sheep.
Their flock is unique in New Zealand in that they have developed a polled strain from within their own flock. While not all their Drysdale’s are yet polled (selection for the best fleeces is the priority), a high proportion of the flock is. The number of flocks has decreased in New Zealand although demand for their wool is still high. The lambs that we saw were very nuggety and meaty and Craig says surplus lambs kill out very well.
While there they also took the opportunity to look around Janet’s lovely late spring garden. A great day had by all.
Photo: Barbara Barr (left) and Marilyn Briggs checking out a young Drysdale lamb at Morrison’s.
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