Sheep

NZ merino outperforms expectations

The merino clip has been almost cleaned out by a rising market.

Confounding expectations, merino wool continued its market climb, thanks to demand for non-mulesing wool.

A $150 lamb the environmental solution

Alastair and John Reeves. John started the Hinerua romney stud in 1956.

Andrea Fox meets a Waikato romney breeding family with an unshakeable belief in the sheep sector and its future.

Farming run-off small in estuary

Jacobs River Estuary's main tributaries are the Aparima and Pourakino rivers.

Sediment tracking study finds most run-off is from bank erosion.

Sustainability to enhance, not only protect, environment

Brent Mountfort has fenced off bush and wetlands on his farm near Whakatane.

An environment-enhancing and profitable farming operation can go hand in hand, a Bay of Plenty sheep and beef farmer tells Anne Boswell.

Top awards for beef and lamb dishes

The new Beef + Lamb NZ ambassador chefs are, from left: Alistair Forster, Scott Kennedy, Steve Beere, Shaun Clouston, ...

Top restaurants named by Beef + Lamb NZ

Loving that Omega 3 lamb

Balfour farmers Scott and Steven Romes among some of the chicory crop on their farm. They are a part of the Omega Lamb ...

Family has no plans to get rid of sheep after getting involved with a project to get more money for farmers.

Low fat lambs make poor eating

Ike Williams: There may be a premium for good tasting lamb one day?  Wow, what a radical  idea that is.

Ike Williams wades into the fat lamb debate.

Onetai Station builds foundations for growth

Onetai Station is currently running about 300 ewes, 930 ewe hoggets and 1670 trade lambs as well as 339 beef cows.

Two years of development at Onetai Station have put the building blocks in place for future economic and environmental gains.

Good stats and looks key for rams

PGG Wrightson Livestock national genetics manager Callum Stewart at the ram sale at Feilding saleyards.

Farmers are buying rams now, to go out with ewes in autumn.

Buyers flock to 3600 lamb sale

PGG Wrightson livestock representative Peter Barnes urges buyers to make a bid at the lamb ram sale

Wetter spring helps inaugural lamb ram sale for Marlborough farmer.

Shearing judges in the hot seat

Marcel Thwaites judging shearer Rowland Smith in the test match between New Zealand and Wales at the Pahiatua Shears.

A shearing judge was a shearer first and now judges competitions.

'We can't let people go broke'

Prime Minister John Key says farmers need to keep talking with the regional council about concerns over the Healthy ...

Farmer tells PM his cheque will bounce if he has to pay for clean water plan.

Wool loses worth

Scott Small from CP Wool talks competitors through the fleece judging process.

Coarse wool, which makes up the largest share of NZ's wool clip, is not fetching good prices.

Fagan's 12 world titles

David Fagan in his shearing prime in 2003.

Multiple world shearing champion Sir David Fagan reviews his 12 world titles.

NZ lamb flock shorn

Lamb numbers are on the decrease, although they still bring in $2.5 billion in export revenue.

The nation's lamb flock is dwindling, but they still account for a hefty $2.5b in exports a year.

Young ram makes farmer $9000 richer

Chris Medlicott, from Waimate, has held the world record for selling a $16,000 southdown ram.

Chris Medlicott's pockets are $9000 deeper after he sold the highest priced ram at an auction.

​Diversity reduces the risk

The breeding hinds run on the highest part of the farm where it's a late spring.

The South Island farmers of the year prefer hard data, not hunches.

NZ the Detroit of agriculture?

Will vineyards end up being defunct yet picturesque tourist destinations as a result of technology?

OPINION: It might seem far-fetched to say NZ's in danger of becoming a rustbelt, but farming is a sunset industry.

Top romney ram goes for $3800

Jack Robertson, 13, with one of the five romney rams he sold at auction.

Young Otago ram breeder cuts his teeth in industry with first sale.

NS Shears entries forces change of venue

Invercargill's Nathan Stratford won the open event at Northern Southland Community Shears in 2015.

Big names expected at Northern Southland Community Shears

Quake wool does well in Oz

Muller Station had a good run at the Melbourne merino sale.

Earthquake blocked Muller Station led the hogget wool section in the Melbourne sale.

Resistant sheep are best bet

Genetics expert Mark Tweeie says farmers need to buy rams that are FE resistant.

The best way to deal with difficult facial eczema is to breed resistant sheep.

World shearing champs up for grabs

Gavin Mutch on his way to winning the 2015 Golden Shears in Masterton.

There's no stand-out favourite for the world shearing title, says former champion Gavin Mutch.

The right ram for the right farm

Cave stud breeder Chris Hampton with his charollais (light face) and charollais suffolk rams. The charollais have a well ...

 Get the selection of the right ram for your farm wrong and it can be costly.

Fewer emissions from hill country

Livestock on steep hill country emit half as much of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide as those farmed on flatland.

NZ hill country farming may be producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Sheep mauled twice by dogs (graphic content)

A second dog attack on sheep in Southland has left the animals' owners devastated.

GRAPHIC WARNING: Killer dogs have mauled and killed pet sheep in Southland.

Wool buyer expands

Segard Masurel expands direct wool buying in the South Island, following the closure of another firm.

Vote of confidence in NZ's wool industry as Segard Masurel expands its wool buying operations.

Tough year at Onetai Station

Ceol & Muir director Mike Barton (right) and Onetai Station farm manager Patrick Kowalewski. Barton said the station's ...

The new owners of Onetai Station spent a lot of time and money this year defending themselves against allegations about their character.

Level playing field sought for beef trade

A trade deal with Japan would help level the playing field between Australian and New Zealand beef exports.

The TPPA would help NZ have much the same access as Australia for beef exports into Japan.

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