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Farming in the High Country

WHAT IS PRODUCED IN THE SOUTH ISLAND HIGH COUNTRY?


Merino sheep were the main income source for high country farmers until recently. Photo copyright: Antonia Steeg

Until the 1950s, most High Country farming businesses relied almost solely on Merino wool for their income. Today, most have other sources of income including cattle and deer farming, trophy hunting and tourism.

Usually the greatest potential for income diversification comes from the mid- to high-altitude tussock country which is best suited to trophy hunting and has greatest aesthetic appeal for tourists and other visitors.