How the Corriedale sheep got its name

The Corriedale is a Merino-Lincoln cross which produces wool and meat of equal quality. A few miles outside Oamaru there is a plaque commemorating James Little, whose pioneering breeding programme resulted in the Corriedale becoming New Zealand's most ubiquitous sheep.

This is how the Corriedale got its name.

“So. What are we going to call this sheep?”

“I have literally no idea.”


“What's your favourite TV show?”

“It's a toss-up between Coronation Street and Emmerdale.”

“You must have a favourite.”

“What I really want is a cross between the two.”

“What would it be called?”


“You're an idiot.”