Here's a yarn

The decline in the national flock represents a continuing sunset on not only an integral industry, but a part of New ...

Sheep are a long-standing part of New Zealand culture, but as the national flock declines has a golden era ended?

Competitive shearing gets under way in Lumsden

Shearer Robert Hubber, of Heddon Bush, Southland, competing at the 35th Northern Southland Community Shears near Lumsden.

The lead-up to the World Shearing Championships kicked off with the Northern Southland Community Shears in Lumsden.

Stock disease stable

Rural vet Hamish Pike talks about the impact of the strange summer season on stock.

Manawatu stock enduring cold and windy conditions are showing no disease increase.

Shearing brings little income

Lambs being driven along the road on Weber Rd , east of Dannevirke.

Farmers are making little money from lambs' wool because of low prices.

Oh no! We've fewer sheep

In 1982 there were over 70 million sheep.

Once, there were 22 sheep for every person in NZ. Now there are only 6 for each of us.

Greenpeace wrong on irrigation project

The proposed scheme plans to take water when the Hurunui River is in good flow and use that for irrigation in dry periods.

Greenpeace has got it wrong regarding the proposed Hurunui irrigation scheme, say project backers.

Steady demand, prices for Otago lambs

Stock agents and buyers check out a pen of lambs in the yards of Mt Hyde Station near Hindon this week at the farm's ...

Otago farmers are cashing in on steady demand and consistent prices for stock offered in annual on-farm lamb sales around the region this week.

Caring for generations past and future

Nick and Jo Street with 6-month-old Rosie.

Ensuring mum and dad are comfortable is No 1 for new farmer.

Irrigation allows lamb finishing in the dry

Doug Grieve checking the quality of the plantain and clover under irrigation on Whakapirau Station in Hawke's Bay.

Hawke's Bay farmer is preparing for drier years on his Maraekakaho property as the annual rainfall average continues to fall.

Shearers smash world record

Eru Weeds, of Ohai, at yesterday's world shearing record attempt in Hawke's Bay.

Three men sheared 1611 sheep over the course of eight hours, smashing the current world record.

Cricket bash after quake shake up

Ward cricketers, from left, Kyle Bailey, 11, with James, 7, Harrison, 5 and Grayson Litchfield, 2, ready to swing the ...

Cricket game will help earthquake affected community to relax, and forget challenges back on farm, for an afternoon

Dairy, sheep and beef - never a dull moment

Nigel Anderson with son James, 13.

New Zealand farmers are legendary for their "can-do" attitude. Andrea Fox meets an example of the breed.   

Shearer has eye on third world title

Australian World Championship shearer Shannon Warnest will compete at the 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

He has shorn all over the world, including the famous Waldorf Hotel on Park Avenue, New York.

Tyre slashing 'beggars belief'

Federated Farmers national president William Rolleston says it "beggars belief" that a leading light in farming should ...

Tyre slashers chose a leading light in farming, says Federated Farmers national president William Rolleston

First shearing event

Fleeces will fly at the Northern Southland Shears on Friday.

Big numbers expected to attend the Northern Southland Shears event at Five Rivers.

Catching more offal

A worker at Levin Alliance meat plant's offal room as visitors look on.

Alliance spends half a million at Levin plant.

Grass drives demand for stock

Loading lambs on the truck at Feilding's store sale.

Farmers with ample grass covers are buying stock from the store market.

Alliance wants better returns for farmers

Alliance Group general manager livestock and shareholder services Heather Stacy.

Alliance Group's new general manager has a long history with agribusiness.

Pox fails to lay farmer low

Mackenzie Country farmer Andrew Hurst farms his high country property largely on his own.

High country farmer Andrew Hurst isn't letting chickenpox stop him from lifting his farm's productivity.

A fair share of snow, drought

Hamish Orbell says he has "development disease."

Clayton Station owner Hamish Orbell feels doing nothing to protect the environment of his property is "unacceptable."

World champs to use 4500 sheep

Wyndham farmer Bruce Robertson with some of the romney ewes which will be used in the World Shearing and Woolhandling ...

Organisers for the world shearing champs are getting ready.

World shearing records tumble

Family and supporters gather round Ryan Miller of Gore after he and Welshmen  Delwyn Jones and Matthew Evans broke the ...

Shearers are warming up for the world champs in record-breaking fashion.

Aussie lamb ad features 'boat people' video

Meat and Livestock Australia's annual ad has dropped all mention of Australia Day.

The annual Australia Day lamb ad has traditionally been an exercise in chest-beating patriotism, but not this year.

This farming mum's in charge

Caroline Smith juggles farming with caring for daughters Clara and Holly.

Don't ask to be put through to Caroline Smith's husband. He doesn't run the farm.

Smedley takes science to the land

Smedley Station cadet Coleman Cribb (centre) works with Annie O'Connell and Max Tweedie from Beef + Lamb Genetics. The ...

Beef + Lamb central progeny testing has expanded to include a well-known training farm, reports Andy Allison.

Waikato's top four environmental farmers

Bob Rigter, shown with Waikato Regional Council sustainable agriculture advisor Bala Tikkisetty, is a finalist in the ...

 A mix of drystock and dairy farmers are finalists in the Farm Environment Awards.

Afghanistan farmers above Mt Cook

Barley fields ripen in the arid Wakhan Corridor of Northern Afghanistan. Crops rely on flood irrigation from ancient ...

OPINION: Comparing our farming system with that of northern Afghanistan puts our worries in perspective.

New road for Awatere Valley

A new road will be built once a major slip is cleared on the Awatere Valley, Marlborough.

A new road's planned after major quake damage to one of Marlborough's main rural routes.

Leading light honoured for animal welfare work

David Mellor in 1971 before a formal dinner and ball in Edinburgh.

Massey University Professor David Mellor, has been recognised for his work in animal welfare.

Ram fetches $3600 at Wellsford sale

Third-year Lincoln ag student Connor Edwards inspects the top priced ram which fetched $3600.

Kikitangeo sale described as moderately successful.

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