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.

Livestock attacks 'cowardly'


Sheep rustlers using dogs and traps continue to target the flock in Auckland's Cornwall Park.

Sediment linked to sheep

sediment fingerprinting

Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

Success secrets shared

roast beef

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

Shrek still a world-bleater

shaun sheep

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

sheepdog strap

Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

Farmer's perfume trick

Southland Times photo

A sheep farmer has a penchant for women's perfumes. But, it's not what you might think.

Intensive farmer

Steve and Jane Wyn-Harris

Steve Wyn-Harris has been honoured for his significant contribution to the sheep industry.

Aussies want Shrek's record

shaun sheep

Not content with claiming the pavlova and Phar Lap, the Aussies want the record for the world's woolliest sheep.

Mothering key in the kitchen

David Hamill

David Hamill has a secret weapon when it comes to mothering lambs onto ewes.

Meat price may disappoint

Lamb carcases.

Sheep and beef farmers warming their hands in advance of better sheepmeat prices have been warned they might be disappointed.

Mild winter a boon for lambers

It was 'so far so good' says breeder


While the lambing season has been good so far, last season's drought has stunted growth.

Sheep breeder honoured

Roger Marshall

Highly regarded ram breeder and founder of the kelso breed Roger Marshall has been recognised in the Sheep Industry Awards.

Master shearer title delight

Nathan Stratford

Nathan Stratford thinks it's "pretty cool" to be named a master shearer.

Milk dairying for advice

Agribusiness farm consultant Deane Carson, left, chats to Tokanui farmer Boyd Manson and former AgResearch scientist Tom Fraser at a sheep seminar at Wyndham.

Sheep farmers have a lot to learn from the dairy industry about feeding stock, according to former AgResearch scientist Tom Fraser.

Ties to land endure

Rob Stokes

Third generation farmer resists the dairying drive and has found a way to profitably run sheep and cattle in an often harsh environment.

Transparency in wool levy sought



Farmers know what they want this time around.

Is there something in the water?

Lamb quads

Quadruplet lambs were born three weeks after a ewe gave birth to rare triplets nearby.

Sheep numbers dive


From 70 million in 1982, sheep numbers have dropped to under the 30-million mark for the first time since the 1930s.

Ewe caught in gin trap

Sheep caught in gin trap

Pregnant ewe caught in a gin trap in Auckland's Cornwall Park and the SPCA is calling on the government to ban the traps.

Good outlook for NZ meat


The New Zealand meat industry could be in for "rock solid" growth in China.

Wool prices holding


Wool prices and market fundamentals remain sound going into the new wool-selling season, despite a stubbornly high Kiwi dollar.

Up for the challenge

Former Taranaki woman Katey Craig is one of two Kiwis competing in next month’s World Young Shepherds’ Challenge in France

A translation error has led to the selection of a former Taranaki woman for the World Young Shepherds' Challenge in France.

Teacher admits to killing sheep


Pahiatua teacher admits playing part in slaughter and theft of more than $2300 worth of sheep.

Farmers take over yarn mill


Wool farmers are describing a deal to buy a yarn mill as a "significant" industry event to supply the carpet manufacturing industry.

Make way for white Merino

Andy Wynne, the chief executive of The Merino Company-Levana textiles, with some of the yarn and machinery at the Levin factory.

Wool industry has to innovate to survive according to Merino Company/Levana Textiles chief executive Andy Wynne.

Sheep 'rock stars' honoured

NZ sheep industry suppliers of the year Mark and Sam Zino from Hawarden, Canterbury who supply ANZCO.

Top performers in the sheep industry have been touted as ''rock stars'' at the industry's annual awards.

Beware the scandalmonger

Merino sheep

The farming industry is responding to the threats posed by environmental and animal welfare critics.

Farmer Army call

Meat Industry Excellence group chairman John McCarthy

"Farmer Army" needed to resolve issues holding the meat industry back according to MIE chairman John McCarthy.

'Iconic slice of NZ' sold


The Chinese firm that bought the Crafar farms has signed a conditional deal for another large block.

End of a very good alliance

grant cuff

Grant Cuff will soon bid a quiet farewell to red-meat processor and exporter Alliance Group.

Keeping lambs alive


Aussie expert outlines five top tips for farmers to prevent deaths over the lambing season.

Sheep milk - better for ewe

milking ewes kingsmeade

Sheep milk holds out the promise of being a potential money maker for New Zealand farmers, with the bonus of a lower ecological impact.

Cheesemakers raise the bar

Miles Janet King

Wairarapa sheep farmers become pioneers in their field.

Sheep theft charges


Seven people charged with stealing stock, slaughtering them and selling the meat.

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