Volume 60: William Campbell letters, 1846-1894: No. 353
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breeders treat their rams like pets giving them all sorts of artificial food and pampering them into an enormous weight of fleece.
It is alleged also that they tamper with the shearing, by leaving a considerable part of the fleece on, which gives of course an extra weight for next year.
A pet or a tame sheep thrives and grows much more wool than one running in a flock. I confess that in not keeping my sheep in artificial condition
that I have been at a disadvantage; but they are on a healthy run in good natural condition and personally I have called out the maidens; and detected the best rams for the flock, that is the most I have been able to do. I allow no other Merino sheep to be on the station.
Mr. Currie and a few other breeders get a few stud rams from me