What does New Zealand make you think of? The All Blacks rugby team, Lord of the Rings movies, Flight of the Conchords, Jacinda Ardern, Lorde? There was a time when the answer to that question was sheep. In 1984, New Zealand had 70 million sheep and 3.2 million people. That's more than 20 sheep per person. The next year, the New Zealand government stopped its generous agricultural subsidy programs, leaving farmers to fend for themselves.