Top dogs fetch $5700

A dog waits its turn in the sale ring at the Gore Dog Sale.

A shortage of good working dogs pushed prices up at the Gore dog sale recently.

Next to no rain prolongs drought

All Black great Sir John Kirwan gives comforting words to farmers struggling with drought.

Canterbury farmers are soldiering on in the hope that a warm and wet spring might finally deliver them some relief from a long drought.

Woolly thinking could win $80k

Wairarapa designer Emma Warren's "Bound by 8" glueless woollen shoes, built around wool's inherent felting properties, have scored her a spot in the finals of the international Dyson design awards.

She grew up on a Wairarapa sheep farm, now she's rebooting fashionable shoes.

Taranaki farmer counts himself lucky

Okoki farmer Alan Cudmore has been feeding his rising two-year-old red devon bulls in a sacrifice paddock since the devastating rain dump in June.

Taranaki sheep and beef farmer wishes he could do more to help his flood-stricken colleagues.

Dog impaled on branch gives birth

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

Shearing gangs under pressure

Shearing on Quallburn Downs near Omarama the central South Island.

Shearer used to drive from Ashburton to Blenheim and see nothing but corriedales; now it’s cows or grapes.

Winning ways with wiltshires and herefords

Wiltshire sheep and stud hereford breeders Mary and Martin Taylor and son Daniel brave a cold southerly to smile for the camera.

Sheep and beef farmers Martin and Mary Taylor haven't shorn or dagged a sheep in at least 10 years.

Breeder pieces together romney jigsaw puzzle

At the age of 87, Holmes Warren of south Wairarapa is still working on the farm.

Holmes Warren is regarded as the ''father of the modern romney''.

Hogget mating in spotlight

Mt Linton Station sheep genetics manager Dave Warburton is conducting a hogget mating study.

Mating is in the spotlight as Mt Linton Station attempts to up the profitability of hogget lamb progeny.

A gut-wrenching drought

North Canterbury farmers Lew Wright and son, Iain, have encountered a different type of dry spell this year.

As the North Canterbury drought deepens, a father and son reveal that this is as bad as it gets.

Shearing legend clipped by the nipper

Te Kuiti's Jack Fagan in 2012 shows the form that has taken him to the top 5 of UK shearing at this week's competitions.

The next generation of Te Kuiti shearing master is on the rise after Jack Fagan pipped his legendary father at Great Yorkshire Show.

Drought hits lambing rates

Drought is behind lambing percentages declining for many ewes scanned in Canterbury.

Canterbury farmers see lambing percentages fall as paddocks are depleted by drought.

Dogs shot after sheep mauling

Joshua Olykan looks over the pit where he buried more than 20 sheep killed by dogs overnight on Friday.

A farmer has killed two dogs believed to have mauled his neighbours' sheep to death.

Mexico wants more sheep

The livestock carrier Nada preparing to leave the Port of Timaru with 50,000 sheep in June. This scenario could be repeated many times if Mexico gets its way.

Mexico is keen for two million more sheep from New Zealand by 2018.

Push to market meat

New Zealand's meat exports need to leap out at the customers in the supermarket shelves of the world, Rick Powdrell says.

OPINION: Our meat exports are not well marketed.

Meatworkers killing time in Iceland jobs

Invercargill slaughtermen Jed Brown and Jared Ta Maiharoa are heading to Iceland to work.

Kiwi slaughtermen talk about their experiences of working in meat processing plants in Iceland and why they are heading back again this year.

Merino farmers enter carpet market

The fibre of merino sheep crossed with strong wool bloodlines is being made into a new carpet range.

Merino farmers have joined the carpet trade after supplying merino crossbred wool in a $3 million contract with manufacturer Godfrey Hirst Carpets.

Balmoral Station: staying sustainable and intergenerational

Balmoral Station in the Mackenzie Country

Mackenzie Country merino grower Andrew Simpson is convinced he needs to think outside the square if his farm is to remain sustainable and intergenerational.

Sheep urinates on TV reporter video

Conor Macauley had a little lamb, and a very wet boot by the time this segment was over.

Ewe could say it was the kind of live-stream TV report that gives you a warm feeling; a number one shot, even. 

Sheep deaths escalating

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

SAFE is claiming 252 sheep destined for the live export shipment to Mexico, died before they even went on board.

Sheep industry celebrates its best

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

Proof is in the pudding

Brendan and Prudence Butler on their farm at Tikokino in Central Hawke's Bay.

The winner of the romney section of the NZ Ewe Hogget competition tells of his belief in traditional farming methods.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Paul Kenyon has been studying herb-clover mixes.

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Mexican farm promoted NZ technology as the best

The Nada's recent sailing from the Port of Timaru with a shipment of livestock left a trail of conjecture in its wake

More sheep price updates on cards

Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons.

Industry leader advocates for more regular forecasts for lamb prices.

$200 per live export sheep

George Assaf, partner in Awassi Holdings, in a photo taken 10 years ago.

Businessman reveals that Saudis would pay over $200 a head for NZ sheep for slaughter.

Felicity's coloured flock started small

Coloured sheep breeder Felicity Knubley from Albury in South Canterbury with some of her flock.

Tucked away in the hills of South Canterbury is a little piece of paradise for coloured sheep.

Sheep don't meet age stipulation

The Nada leaves the Port of Timaru with its livestock cargo bound for Mexico.

The sheep on board the Nada bound for Mexico do not meet MPI standards regarding age.

Sheep shipment conjecture just beginning

Livestock is loaded aboard the Nada when it was docked at the Port of Timaru.

OPINION: Livestock carrier Nada has left behind enough conjecture and opinion to last for months.

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