Fair weather lambing so far

Farmers have their fingers crossed that the fair weather for lambing continues.

North Canterbury farmers are wary a good lambing spell of fine weather may only be a temporary reprieve from drought.

Prices widen between good and average wool

Adult merino wool outperformed hogget prices.


Sheep milk could be big business

One of the benefits of sheep dairy was that farmers could generate three incomes from the one animal: milk, meat and wool.

Forget cows, sheep could be the next big thing for the dairy industry.

Lambing going well despite cooler spring

South Canterbury sheep farmers have few complaints about lambing despite a long winter.

Sheep farmers in South Canterbury are happy with how lambing has progressed this spring, on the back of an unseasonably long, cold winter.

Exporters expect quiet start to lamb sales

Cooks prepare grilled lamb cuts at a restaurant in Beijing.

WITH forecasts of a drop in production of both beef and lamb this season, meat exporters are predicting a quiet start to sales on international markets and little improvement until later in the season.

Family and friends rally round as south suffolks go up for sale

Looking after livestock is a skill learned early on the Prouting farm at Weber. Fergus, 7, with Sparkles, George, 9, with Bob and Angus, 10, with Willow.

SELLING the right rams to the right farms is important to Simon and Fiona Prouting so they host their own on-farm auction.

Selling merino suits in Japan

Maintaining a firm eye on wool quality are Mt Arrowsmith Station manager Brian May (left) and PGG Wrightson Wool's Craig Smith.

Educating fashion-savvy Japanese salespeople about New Zealand merino wool is paying off.

Fairlie man in winning shears pair

Tony Dobbs, of Fairlie, in the blade shearing final in which he and New Zealand teammate Brian Thomson, of Christchurch, beat Australians John Dalla and Ken French.

A veteran Fairlie shearer has led a winning New Zealand pair in a trans-Tasman shearing contest.

High cost in cleaning up Waikato's waterways

Costings to clean up water quality in the region are getting mixed reviews.

The high costs around improving the region's waterways was designed to scare people into maintaining the status quo, Angus Robson says.

83 AgResearch jobs to go

AgResearch proposal will see job losses across the country.

AgResearch has confirmed 83 jobs across the country may go in a nationwide restructure proposal.

Deer, sheep and cattle spread the risk in uncertain times

Matt von Dadelszen with Oscar, 4, with hinds and ewes and lambs on Mangapurakau Station, south of Waipukurau.

Velvet, venison, lamb and beef are all on the menu for a fifth-generation farmer in Central Hawke's Bay. Kate Taylor got a taste of diversification.

Why it’s a great idea to creep your lambs out

Allowing lambs to graze ahead of their mothers with the use of creep gates means faster weight gain.

Creep grazing is an inexpensive and simple way to get better weight gain on lambs, especially twins.

Stock stolen from saleyards

Some of the ewe hogget flock that won the romney section of the NZ  Ewe Hogget competition for Brendan Butler this year.

Romney ewes have gone missing from the Waiareka Saleyards in Oamaru.

Merino prices pick up

Merino fleece was in demand at Melbourne sales.

Merino wool prices improved 2 per cent to 3 per cent at the Melbourne sale this week.

Dogs spreading sheep measles

Awatere Valley sheep farmer Hayley Pitt says public awareness of sheep measles will help stop the disease spreading.

Fears that dogs being walked near Marlborough vineyards ups the chance of spreading sheep measles.

Keeping it in the family

Coastal Manawatu sheep and beef farmer Cam McKelvie.

A Manawatu family is focused on passing on their farm to a seventh generation in perfect condition, they tell Barbara Gillham.

AntaraAg set to expand

Sheep walk in to the AntaraAg sheep milking plant at Springhills to be milked.

AntaraAg is looking to expand its business, following Invercargill company Blue River Dairy's approval for CNCA accreditation.

'Sheep' is supermum video

First time mum 'Sheep' and her five lambs born in Thames last week. The quintuplets certainly surprised owner Weston Finlay.

One lamb, two lambs, three lambs, more ...

Top tips for lambing

The best strategy for utilising the pasture is to prioritise stock classes, says sheep lecturer Dr Rene Corner-Thomas.

Massey University's International Sheep Research Centre has the top tips for lambing after a hard winter to get the most out of a flock.

Sheep dog trials with a world class view

Art Eastham and partner move three collared sheep, extracted from the group of 10, into the pen at a previous Cambridge Classic event.

Not all sheep dog trials are created equal say organisers of a unique event in the Waikato next week where competitors are introduced to dog trials the way the rest of the world does them.

Lamb outlook downbeat

ANZ rural economist Con Williams has picked lamb prices to range between $5.50-$6/kg for the 2015-16 season.

Beef might be riding high, but the outlook for lamb prices is more pessimistic.

Kiwis wary of Aussie claim

This sheep with a giant overgrown coat of wool was found near Canberra in Australia.

Shearer of a very woolly Aussie sheep believes he's smashed Big Ben's world record fleece but Kiwis aren't so sure.

Romney breeder on top of his game

South Wairarapa romney breeder Richard Warren and stockman Alan Jones with 708/11, the 4th #1 ram for New Zealand, bred at Rawahi.

Tough south Wairarapa climate helps Richard Warren breed some of the best sheep in the country.

Still battling Mother Nature's mess

Tututawa sheep and beef farmers John and Philippa McBride, with pet foxy Max, still face a massive clean-up after their farm was flooded in June.

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

Farmer fined for sheep deaths

A farmer was sentenced on animal cruelty.

Farmer sentenced on animal cruelty charges after dozens of sheep died on his South Otago farm.

Saudi sheep shemozzle a sorry saga

Murray McCully

OPINION: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully seems to be treating public money as his own petty cash.

Quad bike accident divides farmer's life

"Age is just a number, it shows your years of experience," says Bill Feetham.

Hawke’s Bay farmer now views his life in two parts – before and after a horrific farm bike accident.

Meat machines produce the goods

Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott run 10,000 ewes on two Wairarapa farms.

Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott describe their charollais sheep as meat machines and believe they are the breed of the future.

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