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I ap­plaud Michele He­wit­son’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Roger the ram and en­deav­our to be­come a shep­herdess ( The Good Life, Oc­to­ber 21).

For two cen­turies, New Zealand has rid­den on the sheep’s back. Decades of

Poms dined out on our suc­cu­lent lamb. Shear­ing great God­frey Bowen iden­ti­fied the an­i­mals’ in­tel­li­gence.

Roger the grumpy ram shows his in­tel­li­gence by head-butting queue-jumpers in the line for a pat or a scratch. This type of smart­ness is not ev­i­dent in cows, Ki­wis or New Zealand First politi­cians, proof that the sheep is far ahead on the

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