Bohepe - Leave them alone
In 1997 Dr David Scobie (AgResearch) started a sheep breeding programme that would reduce husbandry costs and improve animal welfare.
AgResearch combined 9 different breeds of wildsheep, East Freisians, Finnish Landrace, Wiltshires and Merinos to create a short tail, bare breech, low cost, easy care sheep.
By 2004 the project was achieving success but ironically the funding was cut
These sheep were about to be sold to the meat works.In 1997 Dr David Scobie (AgResearch) started a sheep breeding programme that would reduce husbandry costs and improve animal welfare.
At the time, Roger Beattie had a flock of 2,000 Pitt Island Wild sheep and saw the value in these AgResearch sheep. They had had in excess of $500,000 invested in them, and were bred by one of New Zealands top sheep scientists. All this time, money, effort and expertise was about to be tossed out.
Roger, seeing the potential, bought these mid micron, low cost easy care sheep and started farming them organically alongside his Pitt Island wild sheep.