Southern sheep farmers dominate

Waikana Valley farmers Allan and Leeann Woodrow have won the perendale section of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Southern sheep farmers have come out on top in the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Les still going strong at 91 gallery

Mandeville dog trialist Les Roughan, 91, with heading dog Flirt.

Les Roughan's ticker is not the best.

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Sheep breed celebrates 150 years

The english leicester has stood the test of time.

Retired farmer Don Reid can remember when 78 English leicester rams left his family's Darfield property on a truck to go out to the stud's many customers.

Rain fails to curb Hurunui drought

Steady rain falling on sheep near Springston was in contrast to dry Cheviot.

Many farmers are looking at making a loss in the drought stricken Hurunui district.

Couple take on an unusual breed of sheep

Chris Hampton with his winning Charollais (light-faced) and Charollais Suffolk rams at Cave in South Canterbury.

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A decade ago an exchange student piqued Chris and Annabelle Hampton's interest in Charollais sheep.

Texels prove a hit

Waitaki farmer Shirley Hayes has bred Texels for twenty five years

An open day in 1990 was all it took for Shirley Hayes to fall in love with texels.

Couple's composites win ewe hogget competition

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Couple win the Southland-West Otago ewe hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Top farm hums as generations cross over

Banks Peninsula farmers Annabel and Hamish Craw, winners of the Land and Life, Harvest, and Livestock categories in the Canterbury section of the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Farm environment award winners on Banks Peninsula reveal how they’ve made their summer-dry hill country farm hum.

Mackenzie farmers do well at fleece exhibition

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Adjudicators of the National Golden Fleece Exhibition; Peter McCusker ( left) and Doug McKay from PGG Wrightson.

Several Mackenzie Country farmers did well in the National Golden Fleece Awards in Oxford on April 17.

Man fined for wool thefts

Wool, Invercargill

A man who stole and then sold more than $1000 worth of wool has been fined after failing to carry out diversion.

Parasite treatments 'unpredictable'

Sheep clustered together in a holding pen.

Treating ewes with anti-parasite drugs around lambing results in farmers taking a financial hit in almost half of cases, a new study has shown.

Mixing motorcycles and farming

Wellington farmer Stuart Woodman.

Motorcycle-mad Wellingtonian Stuart Woodman never really wanted to be farmer.

Rural all-rounders bask in success

Laura and Sami Werder, who won three merit awards at the 2015 Ballance Taranaki farm Environment Awards, on their Huiroa farm with their three-week-old son, Joe, and fox terrier Jed.

A Taranaki pair know they're on the right track on their beef and sheep farm after their success in a highly-regarded farm contest.

Always trying to breed the ultimate animal

Sheep farmer Ike Williams on his South Canterbury property.

Stud sheep breeder Ike Williams wouldn't be farming if it wasn't for the genetics.

Top production in the wind and dry

Hawke's Bay farmers of the year Craig and Trish Sinclair at home at Waiwhare.

Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year judges impressed with the winning farm’s high sheep performance in a challenging environment.

Sheepdog trials a sport worth saving

Waimea Sheep Dog Trial Club president Eleanor Greenhough with her dogs Mac and Whizz at the sheep dog trials held near Wakefield.

Farmers and their trusty sidekicks at annual sheepdog trials fear the rural art is a "dying sport".

Environmentally sound

John and Jean Ellison, sheep and dairy farmers of Norsewood.

Commitment to fencing waterways and planting trees has been part of one Norsewood farmer’s programme for many years.

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North Canterbury dryland sheep and beef farmers are being urged to apply nitrogen to their drought-stricken grass pastures now, to kick-start growth before winter.

Dairy and sheep farm impresses

Robert and Anna Kempthorne have formed a "cohesive partnership".

Southland sheep and dairy farm wins Southland Ballance award.

Little family outlasts droughts at Mt Vulcan

Drought toll: More young and breeding stock than normal years have been sold by the Little family of Mt Vulcan because of the drought. Photo: Heather Chalmers.

The Little family has run Mt Vulcan in Omihi for 120 years and have seen dry spells come and go, writes Heather Chalmers.

Newco gets southern support

Kuriwao farmers Hugh Collie, left and John Cochrane look over the Meat Industry Excellence report with MIE principle advisor Ross Hyland.

Key Meat Industry Excellence figure discussed "where to now?" for the red meat industry at meetings in the south.

Golden Fleece comes to Oxford

Beverley Riverina fashion, designed by the Hurunui's Beverley Forrester, opened the catwalk line-up at Friday's Royal Agricultural Society' National Golden Fleece Competition in Oxford.

Oxford's A&P Association hosted the Royal Agricultural Society's premier event, the 2015 National Golden Fleece Competition, on Friday.

Drought hits farmers in pocket

Sheep wander around a bone-dry paddock in the Awatere Valley, near Seddon.

Marlborough's economy could suffer a huge financial loss as farmers struggle with the impact of the drought, economists say.

For the love of black sheep

Riversdale farmer Julie Howden with her prize-wining black ewe and twin lambs.

Black sheep are a novelty for most farmers, but for Julie Howden they are her passion.

Shearing king David Fagan calls time

Shearing legend David Fagan is out of the running to complete a double of the two major titles at the Golden Shears by being eliminated from the PGG Wrightson National Circuit in Masterton.

Shearing king David Fagan had a fitting send-off to his competitive career last night, cheered on by a capacity hometown crowd in his final shear.

Visitors will flock to Te Kuiti

A large mob sheep wait for the annual Running of the Sheep event in Te Kuiti in 2010.

Te Kuiti's Running of the Sheep is returning to a more traditional format following last year's changes.

Sheep meat price 'disappointing'

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Sheep auctions at the Temuka Saleyards.

The dry weather in the east of the country has seen a higher-than-usual sheepmeat kill, with a lamb slaughter of about 800,000 in January, up 36 per cent for the same period in 2014.

Award-winning farmers 'look and leap'

Rob and Lucy Thorneycroft at the field day on their Tiraumea farm after winning the Keinzley AgVet Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year.

The analytical way they look at their business has set the winners of the Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year ahead of their peers.

Early lamb kill may help drive increase in prices

Dry conditions seem to have resulted in more lambs being killed early and will like result in higher prices later in the season.

A tight supply of lambs late this season could see prices firming, says Beef + Lamb NZ.

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