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Strong pasture growth is being credited with a leap in sheep numbers over the past year.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s annual stock number survey shows a 2.6 per cent increase in the sheep population to the end of June.
It’s also predicting up to a million more lambs will be born this season.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s economic service director Rob Davison says wet conditions last summer provided excellent conditions for lamb growth.
“Ewe condition is good across the country. Scanning results for most regions show in-lamb ewes are carrying more multiple lambs with the general comment that scanning percentages are up 5 to 10 per cent on last year,” he says.
Davison says a warm Spring this year is needed to insure this year’s lamb boom makes it through to summer.