Wool farmers to buy yarn mill

Wool scouring

A group of wool farmers has proved successful in buying a failed Christchurch yarn mill.

Teamwork a key to success

Mick and Karen Williams with Tom, 11, Ollie, 9, and India, 5.

Award-winning farmers closely monitor their soil's needs to avoid harming the environment.

Wool merger should be simpler

Wool scouring

A second go at merging the country's biggest wool scourers should be simpler without a receiver involved, an advocate for the deal says.

Job boost on cards


Two major players in New Zealand's wool industry want to merge and expand operations in Timaru.

Low water table worries

Nigel Anderson, right, docks  lambs on his farm in Pukeatua with help from Emma and James Anderson.

A good spell of rain is needed in the Waikato to help refill water tables on drystock farms that dried up during the droughts.

Thriving on high-sugar grass

A trial has shown that lambs achieve higher growth rates grazing high-sugar ryegrass compared with grazing standard ryegrass.

Southern farmers will achieve higher lamb growth rates if they switch to high-sugar ryegrass.

Levy vote loss slated


The wool industry will continue on a downward spiral now that a wool levy has been voted down, says a leading ram breeder.

A nail in coffin

Jon Morgan

So, you don't want a wool levy? I'd be interested to know why.

How to stop losses

Jon Hickford

Genetics experts claims farmers should be setting the goal of halving lamb losses and lifting their incomes - and boosting NZ's animal welfare image at the same time.

Finest wool for finest clothing

Merino sheep


An exclusive wool club spin-off of merino farmers could result in high-end Italian suits each worth more than $25,000.

Long slink runs ending

Southland Times photo

Mervyn Soper and Roger Kubala travel about 450 kilometres a day around northern Southland on their slink skin run.

Approach pays dividends

Mark, left, and Richard Chrystall are farming for future generations.

The Dominion Post

A Taihape farming business is a fusion of the family and the corporate.

Kiwi just miss wool win

Merino sheep

South Canterbury couple come within a whisker of winning the world's finest bale of merino wool competition.

Wool levy lost


Wool farmers vote down referendum to form a levy-funded industry good organisation.

Meat exports hit high


NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

No leads wool levy vote

Sandra Faulkner

The omens do not look good for a levy-paid industry-good wool organisation with early voting returns showing farmers have given the thumbs down.

A very nice clip

Glenmore Station

Murray family into their fourth generation of sheep farming wedged between Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook National Park.

NZ's next All White?


Southland has a new sports star on the rise - but he doesn't exactly fit the mould.

'Clear choice' looms

Alliance group

A new round in the fight to win meat industry reform is underway.

Keen to learn wool

Junior woolhandlers come out for competition

Myles White

Waimate shearing competition organisers happily overwhelmed with a keen junior woolhandlers.

Mass sheep death on export plane

singapore airlines

The death of 174 sheep due to a ventilation failure is being investigated by Singapore Airlines.

Firm creates golden fleece


A Wellington academic’s breakthrough combining silver and gold particles with wool is giving the beleaguered Kiwi wool sector a new gleam.

New window into sales

Dave Burridge

Farmers are tapping into fastpaced auction room wool bidding hundreds of kilometres away in the comfort of their own homes.

Red meat reform support


Meat Industry Excellence group identifies savings of almost half a billion dollars.

NZ Merino eyes up strong wool

Merino sheep

NZ Merino Company throws a spanner into the wool debate, revealing it is poised to enter the strong wool market.

Lamb-tastic arrival

Two-headed lamb

From the deepest reaches of southern NZ, a biological anomaly has been born.

Stitching up the wool vote

A Sandy Rattrie design entered in the Wool Award section at the 26th Hokonui Fashion Design Awards 2014  held in  Gore.

For more than 100 years NZ "rode off the sheep's back" as the wool industry helped provide the country with an enviable standard of living.

Crucial wool vote looms


OPINION: Wool - core ingredient of the world's most desirable textiles.

Big Ben world's best

Big Ben

A NZ sheep's claim to the world's heaviest fleece has been made official by Guinness World Records.

Beef and lamb farmers happy

PGG Wrightson livestock agent Lou Elsmore sells a pen of sheep at the weekly prime sale at the Frankton Saleyards.

While the dairy industry is feeling the pain in the wake of the slashed payout, sheep and beef farmers are smiling.

Finance offer stuns

Lisa and Kurt Portas, with Beauden, 18-months.

A helping hand from their employers has set a young South Wairarapa couple on a farming career.

No shoddy handling in NZ

Shearer James Dwyer at work in a Banks Peninsula shed.

Kiwi shearer says NZ wool industry needs to show its humane treatment of sheep after mistreatment footage emerges overseas.

Swede feed weighed up

Sheep feed on swede.

Sheep farmers weighing up whether to grow HT swedes again after an increase in breeding ewe losses on the crop this winter.

Pre-lamb squeeze tough on shearers

Shorn sheep

A ''concertina-ing'' of prelamb shearing is putting pressure on contractors, shearer says.

Robotic sheepdog idea rejected

sheepdog strap

Robotic sheepdogs may be the way of the future, but Lassie is unlikely to be put out to pasture any time soon, Federated Farmers says.

Shrek fleeced of record


A woolly Aussie heavyweight claims to have toppled Kiwi sheep Shrek's decade-old 27kg record.

Swede fears spread

Cows graze on swedes

Fears of swede poisoning could not only affect milking and calving seasons, but also sheep, say experts.

No time to be sheepish

57th annual Heading and Huntaway dog sales near Gore.

Matt Porter - he's from away - went to see a few men in Gore about a few dogs.

Wool sector unity closer


New Zealand's fragmented wool industry has taken a small step towards consolidation.

Wool vote under way


Farmers are keeping their gut feelings to themselves as the wool levy vote nudges closer to its result.

Red-zone sheep plan roasted

Red zone grass

Grazing flocks in the abandoned red zone like sending lambs to the slaughter, advocates say.

Innovative approach pays off

Andy Ramsden

Well-established composites are the new purebreds according to award-winning sheep breeder Andy Ramsden.

Woolly rescue mission

Skier saves stranded sheep

Pete Oswald

A snowballing sheep will become the stuff of legend for semi-professional skier Pete Oswald.

Sheep not a baaaad idea


Sheep may be used to keep the grass down once houses have been cleared from Chch red zone suburbs, govt report says.

Wool industry nears Fonterra-like entity


Plan for the Primary Wool Co-op to take 5 per cent stake in Wool Equities seen as the first step in a plan to form a Fonterra-like entity for the industry.

Farmers trying to buy yarn mill


Wool farmers have moved a step closer to buying a failed Christchurch yarn mill from receivers.

Breed prospers in tough climate

David Ruddenklau

David Ruddenklau was in on the ground floor of the perendale breed's development in the South Island.

Sheep trial boosts hopes

Newhaven Perendale Stud's ewe hoggets wintering at 600 metres above sea level on the northern flanks of the Kakanui Range in North Otago.

Promising results are starting to emerge from Perendale NZ's national progeny trials on two North and South Island hill country properties.

Breaking fresh ground

Guy Melville grows kale as a winter crop for young bulls.

As a member of the NZ rowing coxed four to the Barcelona Olympics, Guy Melville is no stranger to heavy lifting and team work.

Farm gifted to Lincoln

Jim and Diana Howard have given their farm to the Lincoln Westoe Trust and Lincoln University to a sheep and beef training farm between Bulls and Marton.

Manawatu couple donate their 418ha farm to a trust for demonstration and training purposes.

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