Sheep milking venture proves to be a challenges

Landcorp's new $3.9 million sheep dairy farm near Reporoa.

Landcorp's new sheep milking farm near Reporoa has been a huge learning curve for the Government-owned farmer, but the pay off could be massive.

Limited impact of stronger dollar on wool sale

Weather-interrupted shearing has led to next week's North Island wool sale being cancelled.

Higher dollar has mixed impact on wool sale.

Kelso sheep tick all the right boxes

Dylan Bibby keeps a close eye on  the ewes and lambs.

THE future of wool has captured the imagination of 11-year old Dylan Bibby – so much that he has learnt to spin and knit his own items.

Schools put pets through their paces

Lucy Bain, of Springston School, with her winning lamb in the junior section.

Outlying Canterbury primary schools were given the opportunity at the Synlait Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Championship Day to compete in livestock judging, similar to what they would experience at an A&P Show.

Jake the Peg - the lamb with 5 legs

Jake's extra front limb has no movement and just hangs from his body.

He was born with an extra leg, a floppy ear and misshapen head and jaw, but what now for this adorable Australian lamb?

Munro to retire from Beef + Lamb New Zealand board

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Central South Island director Anne Munro will stand down as a director.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Central South Island director Anne Munro has announced she will not be seeking re-election to the board.

Texel poll dorset cross wins mint lamb competition

Mint lamb winner Andrew Sidey, right.

Hawarden farmer and long-time corriedale exhibitor Andrew Sidey is the mint lamb winner.

Perendales all the way for Julie

Peter Christie and Julie Wilson farm commercial and stud perendale ewes on their Gore farm.

McNab farmer Julie Wilson is focused on breeding easy-care medium framed perendales with well-muscled hind-quarters.

Slow season for lambs

Lambs are at a higher price this year, but it could change if more lambs are bought to Southland from Canterbury and Otago.

Lambs are more expensive so far this season, with meat production slow in Southland.

Whiter and brighter strong wool to come from scouring technology

Whiter strong wool for colouring will come about from a joint initiative, says The Merino Company chief executive Andy Wynne.

 The rights to new technology will help wool farmers compete with man made synthetics.

Stay with your grazier, dairy farmers told

Rearing heifers using a grazier is a better economic option for dairy farmers than raising them on their own farm, provided the heifers hit their target weights, DairyNZ says.

Dairy farmers are better off staying with their grazier when it comes to rearing heifers, according to DairyNZ.

Young shepherds take to the hills

Sarah Scott of the Upper Waitaki young farmers' club.

The number of young people choosing to take up a career as a shepherd in the Waitaki District is increasing.

Booklet available on El Nino

Farmers should prepare now for El Nino conditions, says Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries.

Booklet available to farmers and growers on dealing with El Nino.

Farmer voices needed for nutrient and safety debates

Andrew Morrison is the southern South Island director for Beef+Lamb New Zealand.

Farmers need to make sure their voices are heard

'Running of the Wools' returns to Queenstown

Among the frontrunners at Queenstown's 'Running of the Wools' will be cousins of the late Shrek.

Hundreds of merino sheep to sear through downtown Queenstown on Waitangi Weekend.

North Otago farmers win big, but have to share prize

Lincoln University South Island Farmer of the Year winners Richard and Annabelle Subtil, left and John Young and Lyn Godsiff, of Clearwater Mussels.

The Subtils have to share the South Island Farmer of the Year title.

Higher crossbred wool prices on horizon

Romney stud breeder Blair Robertson, left, PGG Wrightson wool representative Jared Manihera and PGG Wrightson North Canterbury Marlborough wool representative Peter McCusker look at the wool quality of stud romney rams.

Higher crossbred wool prices loom ahead

Mount Beautiful deals with ugly needle pest

Mount Beautiful farm manager Finn Grieve was happy to do whatever it took to prevent more outbreaks of an invasive pest plant.

Farmer faces costly and complex fight to prevent chilean needle grass spread

New Zealand lamb best - Aus chef

MKR guest judge Liz Egan.

My Kitchen Rules judge Liz Egan dishes on her time as a guest judge on My Kitchen Rules NZ.

Young Dylan raises the baa

Dylan Bibby, 11, with his prize-winning ram.

Age has proved no barrier for 11-year-old Dylan Bibby, who has won the champion black and coloured sheep prize at this year's Central Hawke's Bay A& P Show.

Punchbowl Stud hits the ram-breeding ton

Doug Brown sorts through a mob of terminal sires for sale on-farm to mark a century of ram breeding.

Rob Tipa spoke to ram breeder Doug Brown when his Punchbowl stud celebrated its centennial.

Farmer fined for dead hoggets

Paul Ross Henson was sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court for failing to care for his flock of 600 sheep.

A Rongotea farmer was too distracted with a goat milking operation to properly care for his flock of 600 sheep.

Manawatu family carries the torch for southdowns

Janet and Wattie Gray cast expert eyes over their southdowns.

Barbara Gillham reports on the family that produced the supreme sheep of the Manawatu A & P Show.

Marlborough shearer wins

Marlborough shearer Alex Drake is looking to gain competition experience.

A shearing stint in the Far North set up Alex Drake for an impressive win in the Canterbury A and P Show.

Winners tie in farming comp

Omarama Station's Richard and Annabelle Subtil are sharing the South Island Farmer of the Year title with Marlborough's Clearwater Mussels.

From the mountains to the sea - two distinct farming operations share the South Island Farmer of the Year title.

Shearer follows family tradition

With grapes outnumbering sheep in Marlborough, Jordan Hart headed to Dannevirke to gain experience.

Jordan Hart is the fourth generation of a Marlborough family to take up the blades.

A bit of luxury on the farm

Waituna West glamping organiser Sarah Gilbertson in the site's main tent.

Farm walks are part of outings by "glampers" seeking a glamorous alternative to camping.

Meat merger seems unlikely

Former Meat Industry Excellence chairman Peter McDonald said consolidation of the red meat industry 'almost certainly' won't happen now.

A merger of Silver Fern Farms and Alliance Group will "almost certainly" not happen now.

Measuring and recording boosts production on Barewood Station

Barewood Station farm manager Marty Deans, left, chats with Lone Star Farms general manager Boyd MacDonald at a recent field day.

Sheep production is a major focus on Barewood Station. "No longer are we chasing numbers, it's all about production," farm manager Marty Deans said.

Perendales at home on Mararoa Downs

Hayden and Kate Slee with their kids Lexie, 3, and Beau, 11 months.

The Slees couldn't resist buying a perendale stud.

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