Sheep

Wool loses worth

Scott Small from CP Wool talks competitors through the fleece judging process.

Coarse wool, which makes up the largest share of NZ's wool clip, is not fetching good prices.

Fagan's 12 world titles

David Fagan in his shearing prime in 2003.

Multiple world shearing champion Sir David Fagan reviews his 12 world titles.

NZ lamb flock shorn

Lamb numbers are on the decrease, although they still bring in $2.5 billion in export revenue.

The nation's lamb flock is dwindling, but they still account for a hefty $2.5b in exports a year.

Young ram makes farmer $9000 richer

Chris Medlicott, from Waimate, has held the world record for selling a $16,000 southdown ram.

Chris Medlicott's pockets are $9000 deeper after he sold the highest priced ram at an auction.

​Diversity reduces the risk

The breeding hinds run on the highest part of the farm where it's a late spring.

The South Island farmers of the year prefer hard data, not hunches.

NZ the Detroit of agriculture?

Will vineyards end up being defunct yet picturesque tourist destinations as a result of technology?

OPINION: It might seem far-fetched to say NZ's in danger of becoming a rustbelt, but farming is a sunset industry.

Top romney ram goes for $3800

Jack Robertson, 13, with one of the five romney rams he sold at auction.

Young Otago ram breeder cuts his teeth in industry with first sale.

NS Shears entries forces change of venue

Invercargill's Nathan Stratford won the open event at Northern Southland Community Shears in 2015.

Big names expected at Northern Southland Community Shears

Quake wool does well in Oz

Muller Station had a good run at the Melbourne merino sale.

Earthquake blocked Muller Station led the hogget wool section in the Melbourne sale.

Resistant sheep are best bet

Genetics expert Mark Tweeie says farmers need to buy rams that are FE resistant.

The best way to deal with difficult facial eczema is to breed resistant sheep.

World shearing champs up for grabs

Gavin Mutch on his way to winning the 2015 Golden Shears in Masterton.

There's no stand-out favourite for the world shearing title, says former champion Gavin Mutch.

The right ram for the right farm

Cave stud breeder Chris Hampton with his charollais (light face) and charollais suffolk rams. The charollais have a well ...

 Get the selection of the right ram for your farm wrong and it can be costly.

Fewer emissions from hill country

Livestock on steep hill country emit half as much of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide as those farmed on flatland.

NZ hill country farming may be producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions than previously thought.

Culture change needed before safety on farms improves

A culture change will lead to better safety on farms.

New laws only go so far in effecting positive changes in health and safety on farms.

Sheep mauled twice by dogs (graphic content)

A second dog attack on sheep in Southland has left the animals' owners devastated.

GRAPHIC WARNING: Killer dogs have mauled and killed pet sheep in Southland.

Wool buyer expands

Segard Masurel expands direct wool buying in the South Island, following the closure of another firm.

Vote of confidence in NZ's wool industry as Segard Masurel expands its wool buying operations.

Tough year at Onetai Station

Ceol & Muir director Mike Barton (right) and Onetai Station farm manager Patrick Kowalewski. Barton said the station's ...

The new owners of Onetai Station spent a lot of time and money this year defending themselves against allegations about their character.

Level playing field sought for beef trade

A trade deal with Japan would help level the playing field between Australian and New Zealand beef exports.

The TPPA would help NZ have much the same access as Australia for beef exports into Japan.

Top-performing perendales thrive in tough hill country

John Henricksen and son Carey with a mixture of their farm's stud and commercial sire rams.

A Central Hawke's Bay farmer breeds tough perendales on tough country.

Fat lamb proof in the pudding

Aimee Charteris, a geneticist working with the Omega Lamb Programme, visits  Barewood Station near Middlemarch.

A Hawke's Bay geneticist is at the fat end of a quiet revolution on Kiwi farms aimed at producing the world's tastiest and healthiest lambs.

Sweet life at Sweet Acres

Lumsden farmer Willie Menlove speaks at the field day at his Sweet Acres farm.

The challenges have changed for three generations of a farming family at Sweet Acres.

Young blood for livestock industry

New Alliance Group southern area livestock manager Nathan Benfell.

Nathan Benfell is the new southern area livestock manager for Alliance Group.

No bad part to Julia's first job

Julia Galwey weighs Longdown progeny test trial lambs on an Anzco pilot farm as part of the  Red Meat Profit Partnership.

When she's not learning to fly a Piper Cherokee, playing golf, out hunting or freshwater fishing, Julia Galwey , a shy 25 year-old self-confessed outdoors girl, is at work for meat processor and exporter Anzco Foods.

Jones back on podium

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Marlborough shearer Chris Jones won the open final at the Nelson A and P Show.

Destroyed bridge shuts road access

The Clarence River now flowed down two courses after the earthquake lifted farm flats 5m to form a stopbank and island.

Farmers isolated until bridge replaced, and road re-opened

Plan change uncertainty in rural market

Farmers are delaying decisions to buy property because of uncertainty over the Healthy Rivers plan change.

Confusion around Healthy Rivers Plan for Change is turning people away from buying and selling rural property.

Millions of dollars cross wool auction floor

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy takes bids at a charity auction alongside auctioneers.

Millions of dollars worth of wool is traded at a new auction event.

Drench resistance on the rise

Wormwise trainer Rochelle Smith shows farmers the life cycle of worms.

Farmers challenged to fight parasites on-farm.

Roadside sheep slaughter

Owen Baker discovered the carcasses when he drove past the Matangi Road property on Friday morning.

'They've just been in, heads off, guts out, over the fence and gone.'

Rain curbs lamb growth

Lambs will  not be worth much in summer, says a farm advisor.

Farmers tired of the rain and cloud cover can only watch as lambs don't reach their full potential.

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