New Zealand  

When Counting Sheep causes Sleep Loss


white sheep, black sheep
Sheep on a pasture on the Walter Peak Homestead.
on the shore of the lake
Visitors from Walter Peak Estate await the TSS Earnslaw boat back to Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
An Exemplary Example
Homeowner Walter Peak displays a ram stalk.
Merino
Merino sheep, one of the most popular types in New Zealand.
part of the landscape
Small herd grazes on a slope of the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch.
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Sheep from Queenstown's Walter Peak Homestead await shearing.
Pastor dog
Sheepdog Border-collie chases and herds sheep, its main contribution to the life of sheep farmers.
Sheep immensity
Hundreds of sheep completely occupy a verdant slope of the southern island of New Zealand.
Herd in a pasture between Wanaka and the base of Mount Aspiring.
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Foreman of the sheep farm of Walter Peak prepares to inaugurate a demonstrative shearing.
Falling wool
Homestead employee Walter Peak exemplifies a shearing.
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Homestead employee Walter Peak holds a sheep that he is going to shear.
A Smoothness of Shearing
Walter Peak farm worker holds one of the many sheep on the farm that removed the wool.
New Zealand queue
Line of sheep on a high bank of a river near Mount Aspiring.
Herd at the foot of a slope outside Arrowtown.
Back to the Homestead
Sheep leave a lost homestead in a deep cove of Banks Cove in an orderly manner
20 years ago, New Zealand had 18 sheep per inhabitant. For political and economic reasons, the average was halved. In the antipodes, many breeders are worried about their future.

the eccentric Banks Peninsula it seems like the result of a geological fun moment.

A high central massif filled with small undulating hills gives way, at the lower ends, to countless indentations in the landscape, inlets and bays that the Pacific Ocean has long taken over.

Two volcanoes Lyttelton and Akaroa reached 1500 m of altitude there, but a strong erosion, led by the same seismic activity that recently shook Christchurch and the surrounding region, broke and smoothed them over time.

But, strangely enough, there is little volcanic in the scene. There is almost no solidified lava or basaltic rock, covered by a perfect mat of grass that extends along the slopes and even invades the dusty sands.

The Fascinating Sheep Domain of Banks Peninsula

Rustic fences broken, here and there, by wooden gates, follow the narrow roads that introduce us to one of the truly bucolic environments on the face of the Earth. And, curve after curve, pasture after pasture, reveals more and more specimens of the New Zealand sheep fauna.

Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New ZealandSmall herd grazes on a slope of the Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch.

The estate maps of the province of Canterbury prove the predominance of the original sheep farms. If the spectrum is extended to the rainy kiwi nation, little changes.

James Cook pioneered bringing sheep to New Zealand lands during the maritime expeditions he led between 1773 and 1777. The species did not establish itself at that time, but history changed when four enterprising colonists imported 1600 specimens from the Australia to Wellington and distributed more than half across the south of the North Island.

It continued to correct itself after William and John Deans introduced the first merinos (original Aragon sheep) to the plains of Canterbury, long before the species gave way to lighter and more adaptable ones to soaked soils or simply more profitable, such as English Leicester, Lincoln, Romney Marsh, Cheviot and Border Leicester, later crossed.

And Johny Jones achieved, in Otago, in the south-east of the South Island, the first unmistakable success. This investor enriched his Waikouaiti whaling station with 2000 sheep installed on land leased to Maori tribes.

In this way, it ensured a more diversified diet for men of the sea and began to export wool that would heat up the local economy.

Shearing, Walter Peak, Queenstown, New ZealandHomestead employee Walter Peak exemplifies a shearing.

The Expansion of Sheep Breeding across New Zealand

The expansion of sheep farming in the North Island was initially held back by the fact that the Maori indigenous peoples own most of the land and because these are subsumed in a dense forest.

The south came forward, but as settlers managed to obtain more grass from the natives above the Cook Strait, the North Island aligned with the south and New Zealand entered the twentieth century in full prosperity.

From 1882 onwards, the frozen meat industry developed and provided homestead owners with new opportunities. In the recovery period of the 2nd World War, Britain absorbed all of New Zealand's wool and meat production.

And, before and during the Korean War, the US sought quantities of the product never imagined by kiwifruit growers. Until 1961, wool represented a third of the country's exports and its shipments combined with those of frozen meat made sheep farming the most important rural activity until 1987.

From then on, different alternatives enticed the owners of sheep farms that we are finding throughout the country.

In Queenstown, in the sublime region of the southern lakes, as in every corner of the nation, the advent of tourism helped to blur the rules of the game and, in certain privileged places, inspired less laborious but highly profitable solutions.

Lamb Shank, Walter Peak-Queenstown, New ZealandHomeowner Walter Peak displays a ram stalk.

Queenstown: the TSS Earnslaw, towards the Walter Peak Estate

For years on end, the TSS Earnslaw steamship was the only reliable and practical means of transport operating on vast Lake Wakatipu. At the time, it carried eight hundred passengers while clouds of smoke from its chimney painted the sky black.

The Walter Peak homestead, located on the edge of the lake opposite the Queenstown, depended in part on the vessel. Today, its livestock activities are just enough to attract tourists, but the relationship with the boat remains.

Walter Peak Estancia, Queenstown, New ZealandVisitors from Walter Peak Estate await the TSS Earnslaw boat back to Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Rain or shine, the “Lady of the Lake” (as it was also called) sets sail from Queenstown loaded with urban curious people who admire the lake and surrounding snowy mountains and tread the grounds of the property eager for rural discovery.

You are welcomed in an elegant central mansion and pampered with tea and scones. A resident humorist foreman then introduces them to Walter Peak Farm and the virtues of local sheepdogs. Finally, he demonstrates the secrets of shearing an unlucky sheep: "The lord with the metal hair back there wouldn't laugh at the creature I'm treating you next!"

Walter Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Foreman of the sheep farm of Walter Peak prepares to inaugurate a demonstrative shearing.

New Zealand's Constant Sheep Up and Down

But it was much more influential political and economic variables that made and oscillate the number of New Zealand sheep.

In 1973, Great Britain joined the EU and submitted to the protectionism of the Old World, starting to absorb less production from the antipodes. Also in the 70s, there was the first oil price shock that inflated the cost of transport.

Sheep, Walter Peak-Queenstown, New ZealandSheep from Queenstown's Walter Peak Homestead await shearing.

Meanwhile, a myriad of new natural and synthetic materials have replaced wool in the making of clothing and other props.

Forced government subsidies kept the industry afloat, and despite the market's difficulties, the number of animals peaked at 70.301.461 head in 1982. Three years later, the government inaugurated a free market policy and abruptly withdrew all animals. support for producers who began to mislead.

Merina sheep, Walter Peak-Queenstown, New ZealandMerino sheep, one of the most popular types in New Zealand.

Already in the 2000s, some wool that was still purchased by Australia, Europe and United States started to be sent raw to the China, to be wound into a ball at low cost. Even so, in two decades, New Zealand sheep have halved.

“It won't be long, buddy…” lies the modern kiwi cowboy from the top of his yellow quad. Like any native, we think it's normal to be stuck for fifteen minutes on a road waiting for the cattle to cross, but now, as it hardly happened, there are also herds of cows, not just herds, those responsible.

The response of the farms to the crisis implied a drastic shift to the production of dairy products (from cows) that quickly surpassed the sheep income, driven by the action of the country's largest company, Fonterra, which controls almost a third of the sector's international trade.

Flock of sheep, New ZealandHundreds of sheep completely occupy a verdant slope of the southern island of New Zealand.

New Zealand is still the largest exporter of sheepmeat and strong wool in the world. And only the eighth milk producer in the world. But the sheep count continues to fall.

Nelson to Wharariki, Abel Tasman NP, New Zealand

The Maori coastline on which Europeans landed

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Mykines, Faroe Islands

In the Faeroes FarWest

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El Calafate, Argentina

The New Gauchos of Patagonia

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Wanaka, New Zealand

The Antipodes Great Outdoors

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North Island, New Zealand

Journey along the Path of Maority

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Colónia Pellegrini, Argentina

When the Meat is Weak

The unmistakable flavor of Argentine beef is well known. But this wealth is more vulnerable than you think. The threat of foot-and-mouth disease, in particular, keeps authorities and growers afloat.
Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

The Divine Earth Shard of the Banks Peninsula

Seen from the air, the most obvious bulge on the South Island's east coast appears to have imploded again and again. Volcanic but verdant and bucolic, the Banks Peninsula confines in its almost cogwheel geomorphology the essence of the ever enviable New Zealand life.
Tokyo, Japan

Disposable Purrs

Tokyo is the largest of the metropolises but, in its tiny apartments, there is no place for pets. Japanese entrepreneurs detected the gap and launched "catteries" in which the feline affections are paid by the hour.
napier, New Zealand

Back to the 30s - Calhambeque Tour

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Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand's Cursed Wizard

Despite his notoriety in the antipodes, Ian Channell, the New Zealand sorcerer, failed to predict or prevent several earthquakes that struck Christchurch. At the age of 88, after 23 years of contract with the city, he made very controversial statements and ended up fired.
Tongariro, New Zealand

The Volcanoes of All Discords

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Mount cook, New Zealand

The Cloud Piercer Mountain

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Napier, New Zealand

Back to the 30s

Devastated by an earthquake, Napier was rebuilt in an almost ground-floor Art Deco and lives pretending to stop in the Thirties. Its visitors surrender to the Great Gatsby atmosphere that the city enacts.
Fiordland, New Zealand

The Fjords of the Antipodes

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Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

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bay of islands, New Zealand

New Zealand's Civilization Core

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
Masai Mara Reservation, Masai Land Travel, Kenya, Masai Convivial
safari
Masai Mara, Kenya

A Journey Through the Masai Lands

The Mara savannah became famous for the confrontation between millions of herbivores and their predators. But, in a reckless communion with wildlife, it is the Masai humans who stand out there.
Braga or Braka or Brakra in Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 6th – Braga, Nepal

The Ancient Nepal of Braga

Four days of walking later, we slept at 3.519 meters from Braga (Braka). Upon arrival, only the name is familiar to us. Faced with the mystical charm of the town, arranged around one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist monasteries on the Annapurna circuit, we continued our journey there. acclimatization with ascent to Ice Lake (4620m).
holy plain, Bagan, Myanmar
Architecture & Design
Bagan, Myanmar

The Plain of Pagodas, Temples and other Heavenly Redemptions

Burmese religiosity has always been based on a commitment to redemption. In Bagan, wealthy and fearful believers continue to erect pagodas in hopes of winning the benevolence of the gods.
Adventure
Volcanoes

Mountains of Fire

More or less prominent ruptures in the earth's crust, volcanoes can prove to be as exuberant as they are capricious. Some of its eruptions are gentle, others prove annihilating.
Ceremonies and Festivities
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Naghol: Bungee Jumping without Modern Touches

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São Tomé, city, São Tomé and Príncipe, alley of the Fort
Cities
Sao Tome (city), São Tomé and Principe

The Capital of the Santomean Tropics

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Fogón de Lola, great food, Costa Rica, Guápiles
Meal
Fogón de Lola Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Flavour of El Fogón de Lola

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Correspondence verification
Culture
Rovaniemi, Finland

From the Finnish Lapland to the Arctic. A Visit to the Land of Santa

Fed up with waiting for the bearded old man to descend down the chimney, we reverse the story. We took advantage of a trip to Finnish Lapland and passed through its furtive home.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Sport
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
very coarse salt
Traveling
Salta and Jujuy, Argentina

Through the Highlands of Deep Argentina

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Bathers in the middle of the End of the World-Cenote de Cuzamá, Mérida, Mexico
Ethnic
Yucatan, Mexico

The End of the End of the World

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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

The Earthly and the Celestial

Asparagus, Sal Island, Cape Verde
History
island of salt, Cape Verde

The Salt of the Island of Sal

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Dominica, Soufriére and Scotts Head, island background
Islands
Soufriere e Scotts Head, Dominica

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Maksim, Sami people, Inari, Finland-2
Winter White
Inari, Finland

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Cove, Big Sur, California, United States
Literature
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Rancho Salto Yanigua, Dominican Republic, mining stones
Nature
Montana Redonda and Rancho Salto Yanigua, Dominican Republic

From Montaña Redonda to Rancho Salto Yanigua

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Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Autumn
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Natural Parks
Annapurna Circuit: 5th - Ngawal a BragaNepal

Towards the Nepalese Braga

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Thingvelir, Origins Democracy Iceland, Oxará
UNESCO World Heritage
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

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In elevator kimono, Osaka, Japan
Characters
Osaka, Japan

In the Company of Mayu

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Glass Bottom Boats, Kabira Bay, Ishigaki
Beaches
Ishigaki, Japan

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Herd in Manang, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Religion
Annapurna Circuit: 8th Manang, Nepal

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Flam Railway composition below a waterfall, Norway.
On Rails
Nesbyen to Flam, Norway

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city ​​hall, capital, oslo, norway
Society
Oslo, Norway

An Overcapitalized Capital

One of Norway's problems has been deciding how to invest the billions of euros from its record-breaking sovereign wealth fund. But even immoderate resources don't save Oslo from its social inconsistencies.
the projectionist
Daily life
Sainte-Luce, Martinique

The Nostalgic Projectionist

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Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge, Bahia
Wildlife
Gandoca-Manzanillo (Wildlife Refuge), Costa Rica

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At the bottom of its southeastern coast, on the outskirts of Panama, the “Tica” nation protects a patch of jungle, swamps and the Caribbean Sea. As well as a providential wildlife refuge, Gandoca-Manzanillo is a stunning tropical Eden.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.