Right time to resign

Southland Times photo

Alliance boss says a personal milestone and the brighter outlook for red meat make now a good time to move on.

Sheep placenta beauty treatment

Reese Witherspoon

Our woolly companions have given birth to a hot new Kiwi export, endorsed by Hollywood superstars such as Reese Witherspoon.

UK union 'should stop bleating'


Britain's National Farmers Union should stop bleating about cheap NZ lamb and focus on boosting lamb consumption, Federated Farmers says.

Meat reform targeted

Rick Powdrell

Rick Powdrell sees a tough three years in front of him as the new Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman.

Sustainable farm development

David Smith (second left) explains his reasons for fencing off 2.3km of the north branch of the Waikouaiti River to a Beef+LambNZ environmental planning workshop on his property.

Enthusiastic environmental planning doesn't slow intensive programme of sustainable development on 1436ha in east Otago.

Red meat cooking again

Red meat carcasses.

The planets are lining up for red-meat farmers to put decades of low profits and lack of reinvestment behind them.

Confidence crisis

Dairy cows

Dairy farmer confidence has ebbed while meat and fibre farmers remain positive

Wool prices push up


Prices for coarse wool have bounced back, rising 11 per cent higher in the past three months.

China to be biggest lamb market?

Lamb shoulder

ANZ agri chief says China could one day bypass the United Kingdom as the largest market for NZ lamb.

Capturing wool's value


OPINION: The wool levy vote in September is the opportunity for a fresh start for the industry.

Meat being jolted tender

Electrical plug

Red meat receiving electrical stimulation in an experiment to increase tenderness.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts inquiry


Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Shepherd to take on world's best


A Te Kuiti farmer will travel to France to represent New Zealand in the World Young Shepherds Challenge.

Sheep massacres linked?


Police issue warning to farmers after two sheep mass killings involving firearms. | Vet charged over pet sheep's treatment

Sheep name suppression in vet case


Far from the farm, an Auckland hearing deliberates on the plight of a now-dead pregnant ewe.

Vigilance urged as more sheep killed


At least 15 sheep have been killed on another North Otago farm, just days after close to 200 sheep were killed on a nearby property.

Intestines do a runner

Lamb carcases.

NZ's $160m sheep intestine trade with China is in a mystery temporary halt as officials work through access issues.

Amazing response

Farmer Stephen Knight, from Tannabah, Coonabarabran, with some of his Merino wethers that have been eating darling pea.

A community is uniting to support a family after the brutal slaying of nearly 200 sheep.

Killings still a mystery

Farmer Stephen Knight, from Tannabah, Coonabarabran, with some of his Merino wethers that have been eating darling pea.

The motive behind the slaughter of close to 200 sheep on a North Otago farm remains a mystery.

Fierce breed protects sheep

Tim Farrell leaves his maremma dogs Hunter and Hindmarsh in the paddock overnight to protect his sheep from rustlers.

Some farmers are turning to an ancient breed of guard dog to protect their stock from the growing threat of rustling.

Aspire to dairying advice

James Parsons

Sheep and beef farmers have to stop viewing the dairy industry as competition, a meat industry leader says.

Sheep massacre appals

Lamb sale

A North Otago farmer is still coming to terms with the slaughter of close to 200 sheep on his farm.

Sheep, beef farm inflation eases

Hereford beef cattle

Electricity prices increased almost 5 per cent on sheep and beef farms in the past 12 months.

Sheep massacre shocks


A farmer was shocked to find dead sheep strewn across a paddock on his North Otago farm.

Probe into ewes deaths


An investigation has been launched into how scores of ewes drowned in flooding.

Spinoffs worth millions

John McEwan

NZ stands to gain a multimillion-dollar return from the sheep genome.

Rustlers target lifestyle block

Ewes theft left owner feeling 'sick'

 Christine McNeill

Sheep rustlers left a property owner emotionally scarred and thousands of dollars poorer.

Woolly runners


Wool made a unique appearance at Fieldays this year in the form of a running shoe.

Farmers to meet major customer

Overseas agricultural trip

Southland couples heading to Europe on a farming exchange they hope will help improve their farming practices.

Title success whets appetite

 Leithen Valley farmer Terry Bould with his main huntaway Cash who won the zig-zag hunt title at the 2014 Tux New Zealand Sheep Dog Trial Championships.

Cash couldn't care less about trophies, instead he would much rather be chasing sheep.

An award-winning practice

Southland farmers Peter and Carole Bee

Peter and Carole Bee are on to a winning formula with their coopworth-texel hoggets.

Better late than never

Peter Kidd at work during sheep dog trials.

It's taken Kaituna dog triallist Peter Kidd 45 years to win his first national title, and it's been worth every minute of the wait.

$10k fine for cruelty

Dave Clemence

Kaiapoi businessman convicted after SPCA officers were forced to euthanase 77 of his sheep.

Fruit trees replace sheep


Earnscleugh fruit grower Wayne McIntosh is passionate about growing top quality fruit and marketing it for the greatest possible return.

Post-drought challenges loom

Waikato's drystock farmers are facing post-drought challenges this winter including lighter conditioned ewes, and underweight cattle.

While some drystock farmers are still struggling, things are looking good for dairy farmers.

Woman in a man's field

Nicky Thompson

Nicky Thompson is living proof of an ever-changing farming community.

Set to outwit the sheep

Sheep Dog Trial Championships competitors

Fairlie resident Steve Kerr, brings a lot of experience to the dog trial competitive arena.

Young blood needed

Donald Polson

As more young people leave rural areas for the bright lights, some sheep and beef farmers are wondering who will take over the farm.

Cricket stars promote branded meat

cricket ball

India could provide significant opportunities for the Alliance Group's farmer suppliers.

$4000 sheep attack fine

Mauling an 'unfortunate accident'


Owner of two pitbull terriers that attacked a flock of 80 sheep killing half of them, has been ordered to pay reparation.

Hard yards pay off

Don McCreary and Anna Johnston

A sheep and beef farm that can compete with dairy for return on investment - now, there's a rare beast.

Fresh from the lab

Dr Mike Nichols

Retired Massey University horticulture lecturer says meat will come from the laboratory in future, putting NZ's grazing systems at risk.

Taranaki team heads to trials

Eric Weir, sheepdog

Seasoned competitors and first-timers are in a strong Taranaki line-up for the NZ Sheep Dog Trial champs.

Challenging times ahead

Texel sheep breeders Peter and Leon Black

Purebred texel sheep being strongly challenged by the faster growing suftex, a suffolk-texel cross.

Killer dogs' owner due in court

Pit Bull

The owner of two pitbulls who fatally ripped the throats of 38 sheep is to have his day in court.

Wool levy could be back

NZ wool.

Sheep farmers are being asked to vote in favour of a referendum to reintroduce a wool levy that would fund $4.6 million of industry good activities each year.

Sheep die 'like heroin addicts'

Farmer Stephen Knight, from Tannabah, Coonabarabran, with some of his Merino wethers that have been eating darling pea.

Hundreds of sheep in NSW die after eating a poisonous plant and bashing their heads open "like heroin addicts".

Farmer guilty of animal cruelty


A Hawke's Bay farmer guilty of multiple charges of cruelty to sheep has been fined $7000.

Innovation central to success

Andrew McKay, Simon Johnston, and Lynley and Matt Wyeth in front of the wetland they have recently created.

Efforts by a Wairarapa couple to farm within the environment are paying off.

Dogs maul 45 sheep


An Invercargill man has been left with 37 dead sheep after they were attacked by dogs.

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