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.

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.

Federated Farmers praise broker video

Livestock being loaded aboard the Nada, docked at the Timaru Port.

Livestock shipped to Mexico like 'any other stock deal', says chairman.

NZ needs to stop putting animals in floating prisons

Livestock being loaded aboard the Nada, docked at the Timaru Port.

OPINION: What is the point of animal protection laws when they are so ineffective at ensuring animal welfare?

Landcorp to milk sheep

Sheep milk.

Government owned farmer Landcorp is entering the sheep milking business with product aimed mostly at Asian markets.

Livestock shipment welfare concerns

Livestock are loaded onto the Nada, destined for Mexico,at the Port of Timaru on Wednesday afternoon.

Outrage as a massive shipment of livestock destined for Mexico is loaded at the Port of Timaru.

NZ's largest livestock shipment ready to go

The Nada waits at sea before docking at the Port of Timaru

The largest shipment of livestock ever to leave New Zealand remains shrouded in mystery.

Hawke's Bay sheep in NY Times

Sheep on Kereru Station, Hawke's Bay, stare at drone.

About 800 sheep were fixated by the camera for a photo that was picked up by top US magazine.

Sailing the stormy waters of sheep farming

Edward Dinger says sheep farming with a strong science input has been a fascinating journey.

A pioneer of breeding facial eczema tolerance in coopworths is selling his last ram.

Cold winter for lamb prices

Winter prices for sheepmeat are looking "soft".

Winter lamb contract prices are unlikely to lift the spirits of farmers disappointed by a season that failed to fire.

Steve McCall: fanatical about performance recording

Steve McCall with his Poll-Dorset ram hoggets in Totara Valley.

Sheep breeding is a family affair for the McCalls.

Nature delivers kick up bum

North Canterbury farmer Andrew Harris, owner of One Tree Hill near Parnassus.

A North Canterbury sheep and beef farmer reveals that continuing drought has already cost him $250,000.

Saudi-bound sheep merry-go-round

Former Labour minister Phil Goff is happy that papers on Saudi live sheep exports will be released.

Nearly 200 sheep flown to Saudi Arabia were bought by taxpayers from the same businessman the Government gave them to.

Cheviot farmers tough out drought

Scarce feed has forced farmers to reduce stock on drought stricken properties in North Canterbury.

Cheviot farmers brace themselves for the after effects of the drought to possibly roll out to two years.

Poachers shot pregnant ewe

Nelson Courthouse.

Couple fined for poaching deer and pregnant sheep on private farmland near Nelson.

Farmers win ewe hogget award

Wendonside farmers Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft have won the 2015 New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition with their composites.

It's official. Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft's ewe hoggets are the best in the country.

Sheep billboards bring hope video

Mike Bowler, a drought-stricken sheep and cattle farmer in North Canterbury, has every morning since January fed grain to his sheep on a hill side beside State Highway 1 to form a word or symbol making light of a serious situation.

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

Bribery claim over Saudi farm deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully.

Opposition MPs are labelling a $4 million payment to a Saudi businessman a "bribe".

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.

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