Perendale farmers gather for annual conference

Waitomo perendale stud breeder  Philip Brandon (left) talks to farmers over the fence at his sheepyards on his farm, which was  part of  a tour stop for perendale farmers at the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand's annual conference held this year in the Waikato.

Perendale sheep breeders gather in Waikato for the breed society's annual conference.

Sheep bring high spirits

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

A North Canterbury farmer arranges his sheep into roadside billboards - for laughs.

Farmers urged to think environmentally

Environment Southland is introducing new regulations that will affect all farmers in the south.

Sheep and beef farmers need to start thinking about environmental issues, Federated Farmers says.

Sheep death disagreement

The Ngapara community remains convinced more than 200 sheep killed on separate occasions in the district were not killed by dogs, despite police investigations finding they were.

Police say dogs killed close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm - but Ngapara residents are doubtful.

Fine merino suits are hot sellers in Japan

Merino farmers Tony and Rebecca Clarke with samples of wool woven from their 15 micron ultra-fine fleece they supply to Konaka Co.

Japanese company buying merino wool for suits heading back to NZ's high country next year with another 20 of its top sales people.

She's 17, and running a farm video

Louisa McClintock, 17, works fulltime on her grandfather Graham McClintock's 2500-hectare sheep and beef property Stratholme, north of Cheviot.

Louisa McClintock is just 17 but is farming a dry north Canterbury farm with her 80-year-old grandfather.

Drone musters sheep video

Alexandra farmer Brett Sanders uses a drone to muster sheep.

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and a drone is off to find them.

Sheep die in Tararua shed fire

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News: The New Zealand Shearing Championships. Sheep run through Te Kuiti.

Sheep have been burnt alive after the Tararua shed they were in caught fire.

Marlborough adds to flock

Marlborough has bucked a national trend of declining sheep numbers.

Marlborough has bucked national trends with more sheep added to the region's flock.

Exclusive contract 'crucial' for Otago fine wool grower

Maniototo Otago fine woolgrowers Tony and Rebecca Clarke with samples of wool woven from their 15 micron ultra-fine fleece they supply to Konaka Co, one of Japan's leading fine wool suit manufacturers and retailers.

An Otago farmer’s dedication to producing ultra-fine wool for a Japanese suit-maker has paid off.

Meat processor aims to slash energy use

Alliance Group chief executive David Surveyor

Alliance Group aims to reduce carbon emissions by 3300 tonnes over the next three years.

A tale of changing land use - from sheep to dairy grazers

Keith Berry feeds out from the back of the Land-Rover.

It's 25 years since texel sheep were introduced to NZ farmers and Keith and Ruth have seen plenty of changes in that time.

From the sales floor to the farm

Konaka Co chief executive Kensuke Konaka at an earlier visit to Closeburn Station with PGG Wrightson business development manager  Craig Smith and Closeburn Station farmer Tony Clarke.

Japanese sales people cut a dash in NZ merino wool suits on their way to listen to Minister of Finance Bill English in Auckland.

Black Hills' colourful past and future

Beverley Forrester and her flock of coloured sheep which are brown, black and at least 50 shades of grey.

Coloured sheep are welcomed with open arms at Beverley Forrester's North Canterbury farm.

NZ's sheep flock smallest since 1943

Sheep numbers drop to the lowest they have been since 1943.

New Zealand's sheep numbers have plummeted to where there are now only six for each person living here.

Do sheep really care?

A sheep and Mirjam Guesgan.

Do sheep care if their friends are hurt? One Palmerston North student tried to find out.

Sheep rustle 'kick in the guts'

Sheep rustlers have struck at a Burnham farm, stealing 170 sheep.

The theft of about $19,000 of sheep from a Canterbury farmer is a "kick in the guts" says Federated Farmers.

Sheep heist south of Christchurch

30042015 Farm Photo:Dean Kozanic/FairfaxNZ. Field Day to mark the 150th year of English Leicester sheep in NZ at the Harewood property of Bede and Decima McCloy.

A farmer "can't understand" how a nocturnal thief stole 170 sheep.

Clean water award down to teamwork

Ange and Wick Wylie, winners of the water quality and livestock awards at the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards. The couple's farm at Tahatika in the Owaka Valley backs on to the Catlins Forest Park.

Rob Tipa meets a couple praised by farm environment award judges as motivated and driven with a strong desire to succeed.

Strong wool prices in Christchurch sale

Southland Wool Brokers Ltd wool manager Alan Rolton in among thousands of wool bales.

Wool prices made good gains especially for crossbred wool at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.

Better merino sheep in the making

Merino farmers are looking for a fine wool sheep that can compete with crossbreds on lower lying parts of the eastern hill country

Within 10 years merino farmers hope to have a footrot-resistant fine wool sheep producing more lambs and feeding on better forages..

Southern sheep farmers dominate

Waikana Valley farmers Allan and Leeann Woodrow have won the perendale section of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Southern sheep farmers have come out on top in the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.

Les still going strong at 91 gallery

Mandeville dog trialist Les Roughan, 91, with heading dog Flirt.

Les Roughan's ticker is not the best.

Merino farmers close to solving $10m footrot problem

A new genetic test could stomp out expensive footrot for merino sheep.

Sheep farmers hope new genetic testing will spell the end of footrot in merinos which is costing them $10m a year.

Sheep breed celebrates 150 years

The english leicester has stood the test of time.

Retired farmer Don Reid can remember when 78 English leicester rams left his family's Darfield property on a truck to go out to the stud's many customers.

Rain fails to curb Hurunui drought

Steady rain falling on sheep near Springston was in contrast to dry Cheviot.

Many farmers are looking at making a loss in the drought stricken Hurunui district.

Couple take on an unusual breed of sheep

Chris Hampton with his winning Charollais (light-faced) and Charollais Suffolk rams at Cave in South Canterbury.

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A decade ago an exchange student piqued Chris and Annabelle Hampton's interest in Charollais sheep.

Texels prove a hit

Waitaki farmer Shirley Hayes has bred Texels for twenty five years

An open day in 1990 was all it took for Shirley Hayes to fall in love with texels.

Couple's composites win ewe hogget competition

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Couple win the Southland-West Otago ewe hogget competition for the second year in a row.

Top farm hums as generations cross over

Banks Peninsula farmers Annabel and Hamish Craw, winners of the Land and Life, Harvest, and Livestock categories in the Canterbury section of the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Farm environment award winners on Banks Peninsula reveal how they’ve made their summer-dry hill country farm hum.

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