Family united on succession plans

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

Buyers after quality young sheep

Sheep at the Feilding saleyards – in a worst-case scenario, sheep at a sale would have the infectious foot and mouth disease but show no symptoms.

Sheep farmers are feeling optimistic enough to spend strongly on young stock, agent Kevin Rowe says.

Analysts bullish about beef


Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Young bidder gets the job done

Louisa McClintock, 17, makes the winning bid on a line of two tooth romney ewes at the Hawarden crossbred sheep sale.

A determined 17-year-old helped to set the prices at this week's Hawarden crossbred sheep sale, as she held her nerve and saw off rival bidders for three pens of romney two-tooths.

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia, of Te Kuiti, underway in his world record shearing bid today at Te Hape, east of Benneydale.

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

Changing of the guard

Geoffrey and Diana Thomson on Mt Earnslaw Station with the north end of Mt Alfred to the left and Cosmos peaks in the Dart Valley in the background.

A high country station's long-term owner reveals why he is passing it over to a lessee.

Where's the sheep milk?

Sheep are milked at Blue River's big sheep milking complex at Springhills in central Southlands.

Where's the sheep's milk on New Zealand supermarket shelves?

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

First reaction, free livestock

Awatere farmer Wayne Boyce and his dog Libby survey the damage to feed and fencing on the Weld Pass hill block. Boyce lost 4km of fencing in the huge grass fire on 53 hectares of his property on Monday.

"It was pretty scary, she was full on," says farmer who saw a wall of smoke approaching his cattle yard.

Sale reveals dairying impact

SOLD: NZ Farmers Livestock King Country manager Alan Hiscox sells a pen of ewes at the annual two-tooth fair in Te Kuiti.

Evidence of dairying's encroachment in the King Country laid bare at an annual two-tooth ewe fair.

Ready for world-record attempt

CUTTING THROUGH: Stacey Te Huia, pictured here in 2010 breaking the record for ewes shorn in eight hours – will attempt to break the world nine-hour strong wool ewe-shearing record on Thursday.

Stacey Te Huia will have to shear more than 721 sheep - each in just 38 seconds - to break current record.

Wool thefts on the rise

Wool, Invercargill

Police encouraging Southland farmers to be more safety conscious following spate of thefts.

Scabby mouth outbreak costly

Taihape farmer Andrew Peters with one of his lambs that is suffering from scabby mouth.

There has been an outbreak of scabby mouth disease in lambs.

Police, farmer at odds over rustling

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Hundreds of missing sheep and lambs didn't just disappear under the fence, a Taranaki farmer says. 

Shearers break record

SHEAR AMIBITION: Piopio shearer Jock MacDonald in the process of breaking a world record at Puketiti Station as part of a Barrowcliffe shearing gang.

King Country shearing gang shears 2910 lambs in eight hours to smash world record.

Drying out fast

Waikaretu farmer Phillip Woodward says rain earlier in the season has got him through.

Niwa is predicting conditions are much drier in the Waikato than normal.

Shearers few and far between

Bound for market: will Asian middle classes will buy our services?

The sheep population is at its lowest since WWII meaning fewer shearers and uncertainty over future competitions.

Shearers' showdown starts today

SHEARERS' SHOWDOWN: Angus Moore shearing in the senior heats at the Kaikoura 94th annual A and P show in 2006.

The combs have been sharpened as a trans-Tasman team of shearers prepare to clip their way into the record books.

A place for perendales to thrive

BAA BAA SMART SHEEP: Ian Valler says his perendales are smarter than the average sheep.

Maori-owned farm is home to hardy and vigorous sheep and the sacred meeting place of the four winds.

New challenge beckons

CHANGING LANDSCAPE: Byron Kirk is moving on after 11 years in charge of Canterbury high country station Lake Coleridge.

After 11 years in charge of Canterbury high country station Lake Coleridge, manager Byron Kirk can reflect on a job well done.

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .

22 stolen sheep found in van

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

Wool deal coup

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

LAMB ROAST: "We wanted to give our customers the option to have lamb for their Christmas BBQs and dinners," says Kate Porter from Countdown on their decision to bring in 'well-priced' Australian lamb.

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

Black faces reign supreme

ROUND UP: Penni Loffhagen caught the suffolk-breeding bug from her parents.

Champion sheep breeder Penni Loffhagen likes what she looks at.

Wool bales stolen from farms

Wool, Invercargill

A human ''wolf'' has targeted sheep’s clothing, with 35 wool bales missing from two Akaroa farms.

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Bound for market: will Asian middle classes will buy our services?

Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated.

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