New Zealand Has 4.5 Million People and 30 Million Sheep

By Val
@valmnz (12754)
New Zealand
September 22, 2015 2:25pm CST
New Zealand is a small country with open spaces. Driving from one place to another you pass through wonderful scenery and lush farmland. We are not densely populated as in some countries, and in total have only about 4.5 million people. Many people laugh, therefore, when they learn that our sheep population far exceeds that. We have approximately 30 million sheep. The meat and wool industries are two of our major exports. In fact so much is exported of both the local price is excessively high. The average New Zealander can rarely afford to eat a leg of lamb, the meal once almost considered our national dish. We can afford the cheaper cuts though. In fact. We'll be having braised lamb shoulder chops for dinner tonight. So, there you have it, a quirky little fact about New Zealand, the country where sheep outnumber humans by more than 1:6. What do you think of that?
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
23 Sep 15
Good think they are somewhat dim and docile, or you could all be in trouble.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
Yep, definitely outnumbered!
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@marlina (76594)
• Canada
23 Sep 15
@Rollo1, as usual you came up with a good and funny "return".
@LadyDuck (170495)
• Switzerland
24 Sep 15
@Rollo1 Beware of them, they are less dim and docile that they look. Check YouTube, you will see a male sheep pushing people into a pond.
@LadyDuck (170495)
• Switzerland
23 Sep 15
Switzerland is also a small country, but our population is almost the double of New Zealand, around 8.2 million. We do not have many sheep, but surely the cows on the Alps exceed the number of population.
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@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
23 Sep 15
Isn't it strange that animals can outnumber people in certain countries.
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@marlina (76594)
• Canada
23 Sep 15
Speaking about small country: did you know that you can put the province of Quebec 10 times in the country of France? That tells you how BIG, IMMENSE, HUGE, GIGANTIC, the country of Canada is as Quebec is only 1 of the 10 provinces that makes our BEAUTIFUL country.
@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
It would be fun to look up the cow population, Anna. I have no idea what ours is, so will have to look at that too.
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@allknowing (68605)
• India
23 Sep 15
When I was in school we had to learn Geography and that is where I learnt about miles and miles of prairies where sheep graze in the country of New Zealand. And when I saw that scene when I visited New Zealand I was in ecstasy.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
Lol, not sure we have prairies here, but we do have extensive farm land. Not only sheep, but dairy cows and beef cattle too.
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@allknowing (68605)
• India
23 Sep 15
@valmnz I saw something like this
http://www.realestateagentsauckland.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/sheep-farm.jpg
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
@allknowing yes, they're definitely NZ sheep
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• United States
23 Sep 15
me thinks me needs to load up my ponies 'n make a continental move . aint it odd how that works? one grows the food, there's mass abundance 'f such, yet one cannot afford to purchase such? i live in beef country 'n can't afford a decent steak. e'en the ground round is outta reality 't $4.00 'r better per pound.
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@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
23 Sep 15
I think you need to make that move if you can.
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• United States
23 Sep 15
@Marcyaz been tryin' to do such fer o'er 30 years. either there 'r australia. 'schtuff' jest kept gettin' in the way. i aint scattered yet, so perhaps??
@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
Here there are too many monopolies trying to make big bucks overseas. Steaks are expensive here too, much cheaper in Australia.
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@gregario888 (1282)
• Aurangabad, India
23 Sep 15
You are lucky. There are almost 1250 million of us Indians! If we stand one on top of the other;the last one is sure to reach the moon. Relax!! I'm just in a lighter mood today.
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@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
23 Sep 15
Your population is very high. Stand on top of one another, how funny.
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• Aurangabad, India
23 Sep 15
@Marcyaz I got this idea, from a joke I once read about the Chinese. Neil Armstrong &Co got a shock of their lives when on the moon, they ran into a bunch of Chinese, perplexed, they asked them how did they manage to come all the way up to the moon. "It was easy", the Chinese said,"we stood one on top of the other, and the last three of us are here!" This, given the fact that India has crossed the one billion mark, is quite true for it.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
My impressions of India's over crowding come from movies such as Marigold Hotel
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@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
22 Sep 15
Gosh that is 7 and a half sheep each Val. I love roast lamb. It is ridiculous that the price is so expensive there for you. I have seen many photos of NZ and would love to visit both islands one day. ( I know there are three islands but the two main islands are so different and beautiful in their own right).
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
22 Sep 15
A few years ago it was one to ten, but apparently sheep numbers are declining as farmers switch to dairy and beef.
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@xFiacre (4780)
• Ireland
22 Sep 15
I had braised neck of lamb last night at the hotel in Drumshambo. I do like a bit of lamb.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
22 Sep 15
As long as it is cooked properly. I hate over cooked lamb.
@xFiacre (4780)
• Ireland
22 Sep 15
@valmnz Yes, it has to be a bit pink for me. Pregnant women aren't meant to eat pink lamb. I'm not pregnant.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
22 Sep 15
@xFiacre that sounds like a bit of an old wives tale to me., the bit about pregnant women, not about you not being either pregnant or a woman
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@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
23 Sep 15
What I think is it makes your Country less dependent on other countries for your needs. I know you wish lamb cuts did not cost so much but that is the way of the world.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
Because of our size we do need to import many things
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@Marcyaz (35623)
• United States
23 Sep 15
@valmnz I imagine that can become costly at some point having to import things.
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@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
7 Oct 15
And we in Singapore has about 5.5 million people, and probably just a few sheep in the zoo. Our meat, vegetables and fruits come from all over the world. I think the reason that many of my fellow Singaporeans love New Zealand is the wide space, the deep blue sea and Mount Cook. It is nice to see sheep everywhere, instead of people everywhere.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
7 Oct 15
Yes, quite a different place
@marlina (76594)
• Canada
23 Sep 15
I kind of suspected that! You know what? I have never tasted lamb in my entire LONG life. Somehow it never appealed to me.
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@valmnz (12754)
• New Zealand
23 Sep 15
When cooked properly lamb is delicious. Those who say they don't like it have often had over cooked lamb.