Sheep

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

Warm weather favours lambing

Warm weather has helped farmers during lambing. Pictured are new born triplets on a farm near Blenheim.

Warm, dry weather conditions in Marlborough may be slowing grass growth but it is helping lambing on farms around the region, say farmers.

Farmer fined for sheep deaths

A farmer was sentenced on animal cruelty.

Farmer sentenced on animal cruelty charges after dozens of sheep died on his South Otago farm.

Saudi sheep shemozzle a sorry saga

Murray McCully

OPINION: Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully seems to be treating public money as his own petty cash.

Quad bike accident divides farmer's life

"Age is just a number, it shows your years of experience," says Bill Feetham.

Hawke’s Bay farmer now views his life in two parts – before and after a horrific farm bike accident.

Meat machines produce the goods

Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott run 10,000 ewes on two Wairarapa farms.

Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott describe their charollais sheep as meat machines and believe they are the breed of the future.

Change of guard at MIE

Dipton farmer Peter McDonald is the new chairman of Meat Industry Excellence.

Peter McDonald appointed chairman of Meat Industry Excellence following the resignation of John McCarthy.

Saudi sheep deal investigation video

Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

Government to come under Auditor General scrutiny over Saudi sheep deal.

Levy 'needed' to continue work

The red meat sector was $161m better off  in 2014 due to New Zealand's free trade agreements and advocacy by Beef+Lamb New Zealand's market access team, James Parsons says.

Beef+Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons says the organisation's market access team have made big gains for farmers.

Freezing temps delay snow thaw

Snow like this 2002 dump is no stranger to Mt Somers farmers.

Snow is refusing to budge along foothills as farmers deal with freezing temperatures and a colder than average winter.

Watchdog close to Saudi deal decision

Auditor-General Lyn Provost  is still seeking documents related to the Saudi sheep deal.

Public sector watchdog Lyn Provost is close to deciding whether to probe the Government's controversial Saudi sheep deal.

Simon's got the 'ballance' right

Castlerock farmer Simon Saunders on his property.

Simon Saunders admits there still a bit of work to do on his Stag Valley property.

A leader in farm sustainability video

Malcolm MacKenzie with the wetland he created on his East Limehills farm.

The birdsong flows around Malcolm MacKenzie's Southland farm. 

Letter from Saudi sheikh to PM kept secret

Prime Minister John Key, who received a letter from a Saudi sheikh upset about New Zealand's ban on live sheep exports for slaughter.

A letter from the Saudi sheikh at the centre of a controversial sheep deal to Prime Minister John Key is to remain secret.

Stellar success from hard work

Mangaroa Station's Hadfield family. From left, Atawhai, Ariana, Bart, Nuku and Lee.

Going into business with family isn't always a good idea but it happens all the time in farming.

The eyes have it

Ike Williams with virile bichon frise Porky.

A South Canterbury ram breeder tells Tony Benny he doesn’t much like farming but loves sheep genetics.

Refining maternal traits in the ‘crazy wind’

"This is typical summer dry eastern Hawke's Bay country, with some extra wind thrown in for good measure," says Leyton King of his Porangahau farm.

Barbara Gillham visits a coastal farm with ‘crazy wind’ where sheep fit the growth curve.

Photographer honoured to live in the Mackenzie

A beautiful lake scene.

With the right light and at the right time, Mackenzie is magic, says landscape photographer George Empson.

Documents don't back up Govt lawsuit claim

Prime Minister John Key says the blame for a breakdown in the relationship with the Saudis lies with Labour.

Documents fail to prove whether NZ faced any threat of legal action over its dealings with a Saudi businessman. 

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.

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