New Zealand has often had more Sheep than people. There are different types of sheep. One that is popular here is the Merino for it’s wool.
Lamb though has been on the table not just for NZ but it is sold world wide.
My sister Felicity & her husband has up to 3 or 4 sheep, ewes often bearing lambs every year in Te Kauwhata. Her sheep are self shedding sheep so shearing is not necessary but every lamb is treated kindly with much love from their owners.