Test error dethrones Glammies winner

A testing error means NZ's tastiest lamb competition has been declared a no-contest and Dannevirke farmer Hamish Buchanan may have to hand back his trophies.

Dannevirke farmer will hand his tastiest lamb award back after organisers declared a no-contest because of a testing mistake.

Low fine wool prices force merino farmer rethink

Merino sheep.

Merino farmers are expected to look more closely at their flocks as prices remain disappointing for finer fleece and lift again at the broader end.

Merger could mean more dollars

Southland farmer and Meat Industry Excellence executive member Peter McDonald.

If Southland farmer Peter McDonald got another $10.95 a lamb he would pocket an extra $44,000 a year.

More jobs if wool scour firms merge

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Commerce Commission releases draft determination authorising merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International.

Hastings shearer claims top spot

Gavin Mutch placed third at the Taranaki Shears shearing competition held at Stratford War Memorial Hall

Homeground advantage was not with local hero Gavin Mutch in the Taranaki Shears competition.

Teen's death rocks community

Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, died unexpectedly in Te Kuiti on Monday.

Sudden death of promising shearer Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, causes shockwaves.

Teen shearing champ dies

Shaylyn Te Huia, 16, died unexpectedly in Te Kuiti on Monday.

The shearing community is in shock after an up and coming champion and member of a stalwart shearing family died unexpectedly.

Cavalier's wool takeover approved

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Competition to substantially lessen but Cavalier Wool Holdings gets approval to buy NZ Wool Services International.

Sheep and beef prices tipped to rise

Prices for beef and sheep are predicted to rise in April.

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

Merryville Stud's magic shines in show sheep

Tarras woolgrower Bill Gibson (left), of Malvern Downs, renews a long-standing family connection with Australian merino breeder Wally Merriman, of the Merryville Stud in Boorowa, New South Wales. Gibson first bought Merryville Stud rams from Merriman's grandfather, Sir Walter Merriman, in 1949.

Australian merino breeder has a long, close attachment to Otago's best fine woolled sheep.

Potential for exotic breeds untapped

Damara sheep have potential as a producer of meat-marbled progeny when crossed with the dorper.

A collector of rare sheep breeds claims he has the seeds of as-yet undeveloped commercial enterprises.

Stress-free key to tastiest lambs

Hamish Buchanan runs a terminal sire flock using texel rams over highlander-primera ewes.

Glammies winner, Dannevirke farmer Hamish Buchanan reveals how he produced this year's tenderest and tastiest lamb.

Clever clover management boosts output at Tempello

Subterranean clover is a major species in Tempello's spring pasture.

Learning how to manage subterranean clover has allowed a Marlborough couple to produce more at the same time as reducing inputs.

Home is where the family farm lies

Simon and Trudy Hales on their Weber farm with some of their hill country behind them.

Choosing a career in farming was a no-brainer for Weber man Simon Hales as he keeps family land in the family.

Merino spun into footwear

TREAD SOFTLY: Danish indoor shoes Glerups are made out of New Zealand merino.

An importer of Danish luxury goods has helped the NZ Merino Company and Landcorp win a $1.5m deal.

Tough country, tough sheep

Belmont Regional Park ranger Wayne Boness and farm manager Wayne Harrison at the new shearing sheds.

Belmont Regional Park combines farming, recreation and conservation.

Lambing danger in the ryegrass

PGG Wrightson wool consultant Lance Paganini, right, with Kaipara farmer John Lane and some of Lane's facoa; eczema-tolerant and worm resistant sires.

An under-rated danger lurks in our ryegrass pastures, warns leading romney breeder Gordon Levet .

Rustling, poaching rampant

UNDER THREAT: Police believe some rustlers and poachers are using silencers and night-vision gear to go undetected.

A black market for meat is fuelling the rise of poaching and stock rustling across Nelson Bays.

Mutch ado about shearing

Taranaki-based Scotsman Gavin Mutch on his way to becoming the first overseas competitor to win the Golden Shears in Masterton.

Former world champion shearer says it's much harder to win Masterton's prestigious Golden Shears competition.

Further slump in sheep numbers

In 1982 the country had 70 million sheep; today the number has slipped below 30 million.

Sheep numbers could halve in the next 10 years, if the claims of a Meat Industry Excellence Group Report released last Tuesday, prove correct.

SI farmers' returns have a lot less fat

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Sheep and beef farmers should earn on average $109,400 before tax in the 2014-15 year, according to Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

Poaching poses 'huge risk'

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Police warn of increase in illegal hunting, with poachers using silencers to kill sheep.

Merino deal for Danish shoes

Merino sheep

NZ Merino Company inks deal to provide strong wool from the Government's farmer to a Danish company making indoor shoes.

It's just a big hobby farm yeah, nah

Mike and Kristen Gerard run coopworths and simmentals on their Marlborough Sounds farm.

Tony Benny meets a couple farming on the edge of beautiful, out-of-the-way Pelorus Sound.

Technology boosts farm goals

Julie and Barry Crawford field questions on their Waikaka Valley farm management from visitors to Rosebank Farm's fifth FarmIQ field day.

Anything is possible at the Crawford family's sheep breeding and finishing farm in the Waikaka Valley near Gore.

Sheep and beef are doing it tough in drought

Sheep consume suplemetary feed in a dry paddock in Marlborough.

The drought has put a dent in the incomes of South Island sheep and beef farmers, particularly those with lower beef cattle ratios.

NZ's tastiest lamb found video

Glammies champion Hamish Buchanan with the spoils of success after taking out the Zoetis Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards
in Wanaka.

Manawatu has NZ's tastiest lamb according to judges at the annual "Glammies".

New Zealand rams service UK market


In a deal worth $2.5m, red meat breeder Focus Genetics has sold 350 rams to British farmers, rising to 2000 in two years' time.

Scotsman a shearing champ

CLOSE SHAVE: Taranaki-based Scotsman Gavin Mutch became the first overseas competitor to win the Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday.

The Golden Shears in Masterton has marked two big moments in its history.

Red meat sector at crossroads

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Family sheep and beef farms poised to be lost to foreigners and dairy farming the publishers of a new no-holds-barred report claim.

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