Sheep vs. People in New Zealand

While sheep still outnumber people 5 to 1, the human population is increasing while the sheep population is falling. In future decades there may be more people in New Zealand than there are sheep.
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level 79
Aug 20, 2018
If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.

If people ever outnumber sheep in New Zealand, the Earth will explode.
level 69
Oct 9, 2018
70 million in the 80s!!! Let's see one for Wales now.
level 67
Oct 9, 2018
Why is it falling though? Too many vegetarians?
level 66
Oct 9, 2018
Our sheep number is declining because our cow number is increasing. We now export more dairy products than wool
level 62
Oct 9, 2018
Was hoping based on the title for a record of inter-species wrestling matches, but this chart is interesting too. When I was in New Zealand, our tour guide told us a mind-boggling story about how, upon realizing that China was displacing New Zealand as a primary exporter of wool, the New Zealand government reasoned that dairy farming would be more lucrative than wool farming in the future, and encouraged its farmers (with government subsidies, of course) to make the switch. Lots of farmers did it, and the economy took off. Can you imagine that in the US? The president telling people to fundamentally change how they earn their livelihoods on his word, and to just trust that he is right? People would cry despotism and raise hell. I'm sure the version of the New Zealand story I got was simplified and probably simplistic, but nothing like it could ever even begin here in the US. We can't even sell Americans on the superiority of $1 coins to $1 bills.
level 65
Nov 14, 2019
I had no idea the New Zealand human population is so stable. Does anyone know why this may be?