Coloured sheep to go on sale
Enthusiasts of black and coloured sheep who are looking to add to their flock numbers should definitely attend the South Island Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders' sale at Waimate Showgrounds on Saturday, January 25.
Show convenor Reg Partridge said about 50 sheep are expected to be offered for sale at this year's event.
"All the entries are owned by members of the Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders' Association and this year, we are expecting a lot of female stock."
He says wool from the sheep, which are primarily romney, corriedale and merino, is used mainly in the local handcrafts and lifestyle markets.
There is a steady demand for the wool but, says Mr Partridge, the quantities are not commercial enough to foster an overseas market.
For people new to the coloured sheep breed, a book entitled The World of Coloured Sheep written by Roger Lundie and Elspeth Wilkinson, will be on sale at the event to provide the finer points on how to "grow your own" coloured wool, using the wool and the history of black and coloured sheep.