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The goal of Selah Rare Breeds is to preserve and promote rare breeds in New Zealand and to do this in a sustainable manner, producing hardy animals of quality.
Our Rare Breeds Include:
- Anglo Nubian Milking Goats
- Horned and Polled Wiltshire Sheep
- Karakul Sheep
- Bearded Collie Dogs (Beardies)
- Large Black Pigs
- Giant Flemish Rabbits
- Buff Orpington Ducks
- Sebastapol Geese
Bearded Collie Dogs (Beardies)
Beardies have been in New Zealand since the 1800's and as such New Zealand has a rich history of using the Beardie as a working dog (however, the New Zealand Kennel club has a closed registration system and only recognises those brought over to New Zealand beginning in the 1970's). Beardies can be black, blue, brown or fawn with white markings. Most carry the fading gene so their coats usually go through a number of colour changes in the first few years of their lives. Beardies are very intelligent and independent working dogs. They also do well into their later years. They also make great pets and are excellent for agility.
Wiltshire Sheep (Polled and horned)
Wiltshire sheep are a self shedding sheep so there is no need to shear or dock. They are incredibly hardy and have easy lambing (due to their torpedo like shape), with twins the norm. Lambs are very good survivers, hardy and independent. A meat breed. Wiltshire rams can be used over other breeds to create a good meat breed.
Anglo-Nubian Milking goats
A dual purpose breed (although mostly used as a milking goat). They have less quantity of milk than Saanen milking goats, but the milk is of a better quality. The only breed of milking goat in New Zealand where they can be of any colour / combination of colours and still conform to breed standard. Recognisable by their long ears and roman noses.
Large Black Pigs
The Large Black is a rare breed of domestic pig native to Great Britain and is a large breed (with males reaching 320 to 360 kg and females 270 to 320kg). They are known for their docile nature and hardiness. They have good foraging ability and as such are suitable for extensive farming rather than intensive farming. Large blacks have long droopy ears which help protect their eyes when foraging. They have large litters of usually 8 to 10 piglets.
Karakul sheep are an ancient breed of sheep (1400BC) from the middle east and were traditionally dual purpose kept for their meat, wool, milk and pelts. These sheep do very well in extremely harsh conditions as they store their fat in their tails (which gives the meat a distinctive flavour). Ewes are usually polled and rams usually have horns. Can be a variety of colours from black, to brown, to silver, white, red roan blonde. Beautiful sheep who have kept the traditional flock mentality.