Personal photo archives (W.R.E Booker) dated from 1926, showed early Corriedale ewe lambs were phenotypically similar to a cross between Ryeland and Southdown sheep. Since then both phenotypic and productive traits have been dramatically improved. This paper will review the history of the breed improvement in NZ Corriedales from the perspective of a sheep breeder. Prior to 1970 very little performance recording took place in the Corriedale breed. There was however a huge importance placed on phenotype with show ribbons and certificates being highly sought after not only for prestige among the breeder society but as they usually led to sales of rams to commercial breeders.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 76, Adelaide, 46-48, 2016
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