Economics drum beat urges farmer alert

Lamb faces an uncertain future as the dollar swings.

Farmers can translate the blitz of economic impact information to roughly mean they've been warned.

Wool prices down

North Island wool sales will take a breather for three weeks after recent disappointing auctions.

Less wool was passed in at the latest Napier sale as growers accepted prices on offer.

Sheep farmers in for currency whack

French chefs prepare a lamb dish at the Institut Paul Bocuse, in Ecully near Lyon.

Sheep farmers have been warned their new season earnings look likely to take a significant hit from turbulent exchange rates.

Wool man at early age

Will Gibson's coloured merino stud sheep have top production figures to back up their wins at shows.

From an early age Will Gibson revealed a passion for wool, sheep and other stock.

Sowing the seed for 2017 Taranaki Ballance awards

Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards Trust chairman, Alistair Abbott, of  Eltham.

Organisers of a prestigious Taranaki farm environment contest say prospective entrants have nothing to lose.

Wool prices clipped

Once New Zealand's leading export, wool still played an important role in the economy in 1948 when these woolbuyers were ...

Wool prices have fallen significantly since last year but a number of factors have conspired against sales.

Catlins pioneers not afraid of hard work

Helen-May and Alan Burgess at the entrance to Greenwood Farm, an historic Catlins homestead built from heart rimu timber ...

A Catlins farming couple still have a close connection to their pioneering forefathers.

Farmer's thousands of trees

Finlay Weatherburn has planted thousands of trees on his Te Tipua farm.

Southland's Finlay Weatherburn isn't just a sheep farmer - he farms trees too.

Family farming environmentally

George Mcmeeken and Jamie Edwards on their family farm in Eastern Bush.

George Mcmeeken and Jaimee Edwards are making a farm for future generations.

Curious students next agri-intake

Potential students listen to senior horticultural lecturer Dr Nick Roscruge (left) at an agriculture and horticulture ...

Open day at Massey University to attract school students to ag and horticulture.

Farm subsidies not the big threat

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change programme manager Katia Simeonova says the role of farm subsidies ...

Kiwi farmers should aim their concerns at market monopolies rather than subsidies as the big threat to economic sustainability.

Hard drought calls soon

Sheep pick through dry grass near Waipara during the drought last year.

Farmers brace themselves for more tough decisions when the North Canterbury drought finally breaks.

Team USA ready for NZ shearers

Competitors from the United States are excited to compete at the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in ...

A United States team will compete at the World Shearing Champs in Invercargill.

Award winning sheep on good run

Blair Gallagher with a perendale ram that topped the Gore Ram Fair at $10,000 in 2009.

A tough culling policy pays off for the Gallaghers and their perendale flock.

How the supplier of the year 'just gets on with it'

James Hunter with some bought-in lambs on their way to the Rangitoto yards for drafting.

Dealing with a small meat company is more like dealing with friends says the sheep industry's supplier of the year.

On trial

Lesley O'Connor and  dog Mac competed in the Taranaki Sheep Dog Trial Showring Club trial at Hawera.

The Taranaki Sheep Dog Trial Showring Club attracted 100 competitors and 200 dogs to its indoor trial in Hawera.

The Brexit effect

Beef + Lamb New Zealand is working closely with New Zealand Government ministers and officials to ensure the Brexit vote ...

Kirsten Bryant ponders the effect of the Brexit vote.

Massey's strong links with China

Li Yansong who is the vice president of Peking University and Hugh Blair  Professor of Animal Science, Massey University ...

A delegation from Massey visited China's Shihezi University to open a new animal health and breeding centre.

Sea change plan out soon

The Sea Change marine spatial plan, which is designed to protect the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames, will be made ...

A new plan designed to protect the Hauraki Gulf will go public at the end of this year.

Taranaki sheep dog trials

Hone the dog being cheeky.

"It's a sport which is starting to stand on its own, rather than just being an outlet for farmers."

New sheep milking breed recognised

The dairymeade is a new breed of sheep for milk production.

A new breed of sheep specially bred for milk production has been officially recognised.

Pearl pays off for master

Dogs lining up for the PGG Wrightson 60th working dog sale at Tinwald.

Four-year-old heading dog Pearl made good money for Des Lysaght at the Tinwald working dog sale.

When faith is no longer enough

Richard and Elizabeth Whitford (right) have passed the baton to son Tom and wife Nicole.

Lambing is under way on a coastal Waikato sheep and beef farm, where the baton is passing to a new generation.

Opportunity knocks for city's northern gateway

The Ravensdown fertiliser plant on the corner of Devon Rd and Smart Rd is up for sale.

Property developers could be lining up for their chance to redevelop the Ravensdown site at New Plymouth's northern entrance.

Southland sheep manager a winner

One of Mt Linton's suftex rams

A Mt Linton sheep genetics manager has won the genetic trait award at the Sheep Industry Awards.

Superstar sheep industry breeders celebrated

Central Hawke's Bay farmer James Hunter and his wife Jane were named the Blackdale Stud Sheep Industry Supplier of the ...


Simple farming formula

Tapanui farmers Sarah and Hamish Ottrey.

Tapanui farmers Hamish and Sarah Ottrey are all about keeping their farming practices simple.

Sheep take to the skies

Mt Guardian's stud perendales under cover before they make their flight to Australia.

Canterbury perendale sheep are being air freighted to their new home in Australia.

Zambia a farming contrast

A 20-strong Rabobank group visited Zambia to examine farming operations.

Marlborough's big farms contrast with Zambia's small scale farmers leasing small 1-3 hectare plots of land from village chiefs.

Farming in the thick of it

Timaru farmer Shaun Miller breeds romney and suffolk rams and grows 1000 tonnes of barley each year.

With 36 mostly lifestyler neighbours looking in and the city of Timaru only minutes away, Shawn Miller's stud sheep and barley growing operation is under constant scrutiny.

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