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Diggers Hill Sheep
These sheep evolved in the area southwest of the Waiau River in Southland from escaped and abandoned stock in the late 1880s. The foundation stock was probably Saxon Merino. The following Breed Standard was compiled for the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand and is dated 12 April 2007.
Head: Brown tones in the mask are a feature.
Body: Lighter boned, very well fleshed, compact and symmetrical.
Ribs: Well sprung.
Legs: Medium length and straight. The hind legs are set well apart with the animal able to walk freely. Hooves are well formed and sound.
Skin: Soft, free of folds or wrinkles.
Wool: Fine quality wool, which is very fine of 16-20 microns, soft handling and free from kemp.
Genital organs: Testicles must be present, normal and equal in size.
General appearance: Compact, alert and active with carriage that is bold and free.
Defects: Thick, long or pricked ears.
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