Farmer happy with lamb prices

Waimatua farmer Roger Bell assesses his long grass which he thinks has contributed to his good lamb prices for the 2015/16 season.

You can almost hear Roger Bell's grass growing on his Waimatua sheep farm.

South Suffolk best in show at Gore

Charlton sheep breeders Trevor and Doris McCall with their south suffolk ram which collected a swag of awards at the Gore A&P Show.

South suffolk breeder Trevor McCall knew his ram was a good sheep.

'This gets me out of the house'

James Pirie, of Invercargill, won the Gore A&P Association's champion fleece award with his border leicester ewe fleece.

At 87 years old and with 318,000km on the clock of his wee Fiat, James Pirie is a true champion.

Sheep farms halve

The number of sheep farms in South Canterbury has halved since 2000. Will sheep farms become a thing of the past?

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Marauding pigs let loose

Steve Knudsen's suspicions that pigs are being released for hunting on his Hunua Ranges doorstep hardened when he trapped this blue ear-tagged pig.

Pigs being raised and released for sport are costing an exasperated farmer thousands of dollars.

Changes in the air

Volunteers Denise Davis, John Lancashire, Daphne Steele and John Porter planting several years ago.

Farming at QE Park along the Kapiti Coast has changed focus.

No second chances in tough genetics-based regime

Gemma and Sam Hain, with children Tom (3) and Lilla (6), hold family as first priority, despite the rigours of farming.

Sheep and beef farmers are living proof you can pursue commercial success without sacrificing a meaningful life.

Drought throws up doubts

Scott McFadden tells fellow farmers about the changes he's making on his 800ha hill country farm.

Lessons learned in the North Canterbury drought could see long-term changes in the way people farm

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir.

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

A petrolhead farmer on land and in the air

Farmer, contractor and Horizons  chairman Bruce Gordon with his passion and hobby, his Cessna light aircraft.

Regional council chairman, farmer, agricultural contractor and pilot Bruce Gordon wears plenty of hats.

No shade for animals

These Manawatu sheep with shade are the lucky ones, say animal welfare people.

Farmers are accused of letting their animals suffer out in the hot sun.

Put your best flock forward for competition

Entries are now open in the 2016 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Sheep farmers are being encouraged to put their best flock forward in the 2016 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Facial eczema spore counts jump

Ryegrass pastures recently cut for silage are the most susceptible to facial eczema.

Facial eczema spore counts for stock are up across the upper North Island from warm and wet weather.

Jack and Mack hit the road

Darfield man Jack Condon and border collie Mack watch the action at the Tux yarding and handy dog challenge at Jeff Farm, Kaiwera.

Everywhere Jack Condon goes Mack goes too.

Feilding woman wins place in agri-final

Manawatu farm consultant Erica van Reenen is one of three finalists in an Australasian competition.

Feilding consultant in Australasian agri-finals for big award.

Wool sells well

Almost the entire catalogues were sold at wool sales this week.

North and South Island wool sales generated a mixture of higher and lower prices.

Banned agri-chemicals found

JBL Environmental manager John Larcombe pictured with more than two tonnes of unwanted agri-chemicals collected from farms in Marlborough including 245T.

Among chemicals collected in a round-up were old containers and bottles of 245T and dialdrin, banned in the early 1960s.

Drought dustbowls disappear

Hawarden farmers can feel the strain lifting from their shoulders after more rain.

Raindrops keep falling on farmers' heads to remove the drought pall over them.

Entries up in tasty lamb competition

Waikaka Valley farmer Don Morrison with his growbulk lamb which was a finalist in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards

The appetite for New Zealand lamb may have slowed in overseas markets, but entries are up in the 2016 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

Global conditions have lowered prices farmers are receiving for sheep meat.

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Chilean needle grass under attack

Repasture work is underway on the Wither Hills, near Blenheim, to prevent the spread of chilean needle grass, and erosion.

New pasture will smother an outbreak of chilean needle grass found at a farm park near Blenheim.

Pivotal issues facing farmers in 2016

More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis  says.

OPINION: More action will be taken in 2016 to address shortcomings in calf welfare, Chris Lewis says.

Wool: "the new white gold"

Alan Kelly of Kelly Wool Ltd holds 21 micron wool in the company shed.

Wool appears to be coming out of a long hibernation.

Wool price go up with lower NZ dollar

Wool shorn from romney sheep and lambs.  The wool price has gone up on the back of a lower NZ dollar and higher demand.

Wool prices increase on lower currency.

Red meat shipping up, prices down

Lamb shipments increased, but North Asian prices dropped 16 per cent, highlighting the economic slowdown in China.

Record shipments of red meat have been sold more cheaply.

SFF warns: It's going to get worse

The prices of forequarter and frozen leg commodities will continue to weaken says Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton.

Lamb farmers are in for more disappointment over this season's earnings.  

Banks Peninsula farming, naturally

Adam Thacker, moves perendale ewes and lambs on to fresh feed.

A Banks Peninsula farmer is still farming much the same way as the previous four generations of his family did.

Oxford dog trials on a dairy farm

Oxford organisers have their fingers crossed for a better turnout than last year's dog trials.

A dairy farm is the setting for the Oxford dog trials this weekend.

Merino socks worn by NATO troops

Craig Smith with new wool sock brand.

Marching on NZ-supplied merino socks as well as their stomachs are NATO troops.

Russell lupin, a saviour or nasty weed?

Showing the nitrogen fixing nodules in a russell lupin.

The russell lupin is admired by tourists, despised by environmentalists and increasingly sought after by Mackenzie Basin runholders.

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