The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41
41. The live stock in the colony, according to the returns of 1879, amounted to 210,105 horses, 290,407 milch cows, 894,436 other horned cattle, 9,379,276 sheep, and 177,373 pigs. The returns of horses and cattle generally show increased numbers from year to year, and those for 1879 were greater than those of any previous year; but this has not been the case of late years as regards sheep; and the number of pigs fluctuates considerably. The largest number of sheep ever returned was in 1876; since then, however, there has been a falling off, and the number in 1879 was smaller than in any year since 1867.