As China welcomed the Year of the Rooster in 2005, we took the opportunity to celebrate this outspoken bird's place in New Zealand - as the alarm clock of our rural landscape, and an integral part of farmyards throughout the country.
With an economy founded on rural industries and a landscape comprising vast expanses of pasture, New Zealand is home to a huge variety of farm animals - from the sheep and cattle that form the backbone of our agricultural industry to the dogs and horses that make farming the efficient operation it is today. Combined, they enable New Zealand to be a world-class performer and a dominant player in the international marketplace.
Farmyards in Miniature
The $1.50 and $2.00 stamps - each featured the proud rooster, ruler of all he surveys - were the stars of our miniature sheet and miniature sheet first day cover which also honoured the animal's link to the Chinese New Year.
East Meets West
When you ordered the presentaton pack, you received a delightful combination of Eastern and Western design - on the cover the rooster in all his resplendent glory surrounded by the other animals of the Chinese lunar calendar; on the inside, New Zealand's farmyard animals visually linked with the rolling hills that characterise this agricultural nation.
A peaceful rural landscape - the natural habitat of farmyard animals - formed the backdrop of our Farmyard Animals first day cover, which included a se-tenant strip of all five stamps plus the 45c self-adhesive sheep stamp.
Stamps on the Go
The 45c sheep stamp featured in sets of 10 in a self-adhesive 10-stamp booklet and in a handy carton of 100 self-adhesive stamps.
An Exclusive Collector's Item
The 2005 Year of the Rooster collector's limited edition pack was a rare opportunity to acquire an item that was only available to 2,000 people around the world. Individually authenticated and numbered, each pack contained a unique miniature sheet and colour seperations and more information about the stamps, the designer and the vital role farmyard animals have played, and continue to play, in ensuring New Zealand's economic wellbeing.
You learned about the history of farming, the characteristics that defined the New Zealand farming lifestyle and the continual evolution of animal breeds and farming practices to ensure we retain our place as a leader on the international scene.
Product Listing for 2005 Year of the Rooster - New Zealand Farmyard Animals
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|Date of issue:||12 January 2005|
|Number of stamps:||Six - five gummed plus one self-adhesive|
|Denominations and designs:||45c Sheep, 90c Dogs, $1.35 Pigs, $1.50 Rooster, $2.00 Year of the Rooster|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Samuel Sakaria, Watermark, Wellington|
|Miniature sheet designed by:||Lindy Fisher, Auckland|
|Printer and process:||Gummed: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography; Self-adhesive booklet: SNP Sprint, Australia|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||Gummed: 40mm x 30mm (vertical); Self-adhesive: 25mm x 30mm (horizontal)|
|Paper type:||Gummed: 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper; Self-adhesive stamp and booklets: CPI self-adhesive paper; Coils: JAC B90 self-adhesive paper|
|Stamps per coil:||100|
|Stamps per booklet:||10|
|Numebr of stamps per sheet:||25 stamps plus one strip of five gutter images|
|Perforation gauge:||14 x 14|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B format.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 11 January 2006.|