Rare and ex­otic sheep on show

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Teach­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come to jour­ney out to Wim­ble­don Jan­uary 19-20 to view ex­otic sheep on Brian Hales’ prop­erty.

He hopes peo­ple will en­joy this day out and he will do his best to en­ter­tain and in­form them.

En­try and hos­pi­tal­ity is free of charge.

Brian has ac­quired and bred some of the rarest sheep in the world on his Wim­ble­don prop­erty. Pride of his flock are 70 Karakul sheep, the old­est known to man, prized by the Cos­sacks of Cen­tral Asia.

The flock in­cludes the fol­low­ing breeds: Karakul, Got­land, Dor­per, Da­mara, Awassi, East Friesian, Meat­mas­ter, Pitt Is­land, Ara­pawa Is­land and Ja­cob sheep.

The sheep will be on hand through­out the day, with in­for­ma­tion and ex­pert ad­vice.

Brian wants to keep the feral in­stincts alive in his sheep. Breeds do not mix vol­un­tar­ily which makes keep­ing flocks pure eas­ier. He is keen to dis­play to the pub­lic his al­most unique breeds.

He is re­ally en­joy­ing work­ing with Rare Breeds Con­ser­va­tion So­ci­ety of New Zealand which he says is do­ing some amaz­ing things and are safe­guard­ing ex­tinc­tion of many an­i­mals.

He re­cently saved a line of 10 Got­land ewes from the hun­gry knives of the fat stock buy­ers. These ewes bred by Rose Water­worth have mag­nif­i­cent fleeces and will cer­tainly fea­ture promi­nently at his ex­otic sheep shear­ing day in Labour week­end.

On Satur­day, Jan­uary 19 Brian in­vites teach­ers to come along to cre­ate their own set of re­sources to use in their class­room.

Please bring at least two ba­nana boxes or stor­age bins.

He says: “In­spire Net are putting Wi-Fi on to the wool­shed for free for this oc­ca­sion so please bring all your gad­getry that I know noth­ing about to as­sist in the gain­ing of re­sources.

“I have facts sheets, pho­to­graphs, wool sam­ples for you but please bring what­ever you can to load up.

“Melissa Fryer, se­ri­ously ded­i­cated crafter from Feild­ing, will be here to teach artis­tic wool tech­niques and the best uses of wool. Ev­ery­thing is free and fully catered for.”

He adds he only has a cou­ple of en­rol­ments at this stage and he liked the at­ti­tude of these peo­ple so he will do his very best to en­sure that they get the best of what he can of­fer.

Any more en­rol­ments are wel­come, just let him know in ad­vance. Con­tact him on (06) 374-3584 or bri­an­haleswim­ble­[email protected] com.”

The pub­lic are in­vited on Sun­day to at­tend an open day be­tween 10am and 1pm, a chance for young and old to en­joy the farm. Ex­otic sheep will be on show. Tea, cof­fee and wa­ter with maybe a light smoko will be avail­able.

■ Note: Mon­day is Welling­ton An­niver­sary Day.

Some of the ex­otic sheep likely to be on dis­play on Jan­uary 20.

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