Mob of Sheep – #AtoZ Postcards of New Zealand

M is for a mob of sheep . . .  or maa

Mob of sheep at Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

A mob of sheep at Shakespear Park, Auckland. They are about to be sorted for docking.

Practical Information: 

  • A group of sheep is called a mob. (More specifically, a mob of sheep is “a group or cohort of sheep of the same breed that have run together under similar environmental conditions since the previous shearing.”)
  • In New Zealand, a mob of sheep is moved with dogs, most often sheep dogs and
  • It’s not uncommon in certain parts of the country to turn a corner on the road only to discover the road is blocked by a mob of sheep.


Posted for the AtoZ challenge 2016.

A to Z Blogging Challenge 2016
Have you ever been stopped on the road by a mob of sheep?

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Mob of sheep at Shakespear Park, Auckland New Zealand

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  1. says

    Such a strong name for such delicate creatures 🙂 Mob 🙂 I have been often stopped on the roads sometimes by a herd of goats, mob of sheep and herd of cows. Great blog, happy writing.

  2. says

    Hi Rhonda – yes I’ve ‘often’ been held up by a farmer with his animals … cows and those mobs of sheep – Mob is a great word … cheers Hilary

  3. says

    I love mobs of sheep and there are plenty here in the UK. I love also these funny paintings you see often in the UK with sheep and colourful landscape. Maybe – when I stop traveling once – I’ll get myself one. #PhotoFriday

  4. says

    On my grandmothers farm I used to have the most fun stopping traffic to let the animals cross, sheep or cows. It was a blast to herd them across while the folks waited. For a thirteen year old it was my first true feeling of power. LOL

  5. says

    I’ve never been stopped by a mob of sheep but have been stopped by a herd of bison in South Dakota and several cows on our back roads here in the Carolinas. In fact, a friend moved from Los Angeles to here and she was stopped by meandering cows while on the phone with a friend in LA and she told her “You’re not going to believe this but…!” And now I know what to call a group of sheep – great shot!

  6. says

    i was stopped on the road by cattle in Senegal, and probably by sheep in Ireland. I’m guessing the in NZ if you probably have very nice scenery to look at while you are waiting for the mob to disperse.

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