New challenge beckons

CHANGING LANDSCAPE: Byron Kirk is moving on after 11 years in charge of Canterbury high country station Lake Coleridge.

After 11 years in charge of Canterbury high country station Lake Coleridge, manager Byron Kirk can reflect on a job well done.

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Apart from the muscular texel, where are the exotic breeds now? asks former scientist Dr Clive Dalton.

OPINION: Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated and widely inaccurate .

22 stolen sheep found in van

22 stolen sheep were packed into a van.

Police say the animals packed like "sardines" into a van they stopped this morning.

Wool deal coup

Dipton Lincoln wool growers, from left, Neville and Nigel Beer and PGG Wrightson Southland wool representative Lawrence Paskell reflect on the deal with a Japanese company.

Dipton farming family celebrate after signing potentially unique deal in NZ with Japanese wool buyer.

CT scanning 'magnificent' tool

SCAN FAN: Canterbury farmer Brent Macaulay is a fan of CT scanning to get the most out of his southdowns. The ram had a CT scan as a ram hogget that helped to get an accurate reading of its internal as well as external virtues.

A Canterbury ram stud breeder has become a convert to CT scanning after selling a southdown ram for $14,000.

Aussie lamb at $10 a kilogram

LAMB ROAST: "We wanted to give our customers the option to have lamb for their Christmas BBQs and dinners," says Kate Porter from Countdown on their decision to bring in 'well-priced' Australian lamb.

Australian legs of lamb have winged their way across the Tasman in time for Kiwis’ Christmas roasts.

Black faces reign supreme

ROUND UP: Penni Loffhagen caught the suffolk-breeding bug from her parents.

Champion sheep breeder Penni Loffhagen likes what she looks at.

Wool bales stolen from farms

Wool, Invercargill

A human ''wolf'' has targeted sheep’s clothing, with 35 wool bales missing from two Akaroa farms.

Traditional breeds the mainstay

Bound for market: will Asian middle classes will buy our services?

Claims that exotic breeds have saved the sheep industry are exaggerated.

Prestige farming passion

Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth inspired more than 200 Taranaki sheep farmers at Beef+ Lamb NZ’s inaugural Big Dine In in Stratford.

Enthusiastic Wairarapa farmers Matt and Lynley Wyeth are putting the beef and sheep industry in the spotlight.

Supreme sheep

2014 New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition winners Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are passionate about coopdales.

Coopdales are a winning formula for Palmerston farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht.

Shearers target lamb record


The five-stand world record for shearing lambs in eight hours is to be challenged by a shearing gang in a remote woolshed nearTe Kuiti.

Bad treatment claim clipped

NOT TRUE: A top NZ shearer is angry that an animal rights group has been making outlandish claims over the treatment of sheep.

Record-beating shearer comes out swinging against an animal rights group making outlandish claims about the treatment of sheep.

Only the strong survive

Derek Daniell is convinced a sustained upturn for sheepmeat has arrived.

One of New Zealand's biggest ram breeders puts his sheep through a harsh regime.

Adaptive qualities pays off

A ram.

A South Canterbury ram stud owner says adapting his breeding to dairy's domination of rich pastures helped him fetch top dollar.

First makes the difference

Richard Redmayne has gone from being a supplier of lambs to exporters to a marketer of lamb to New Zealand supermarkets.

Early spring lamb for the NZ market has been a runaway success for Whanganui farmers.

A reason to smile

Willy Philip is involved in a trial to find top-performing even-tempered rams.

Dorset downs are early-lambing, fast- growing and meaty.

Flavour in the fat

Paul Gardner's lambs thrive on sub clover.

A tasty texel wowed the judges in the Mint Lamb competition.

Endless farming

Joe Adams divides his time between his Taihape farm and one he owns in the UK.

Joe Adams keeps a foot in two countries and looks at it as being productive on both sides of the world.

Lamb numbers on rise

Bound for market: will Asian middle classes will buy our services?

Lamb numbers this year have bounced back slightly from last year's drought-affected crop, with an increase of 1.2 per cent.

Not for everyone

NOT FOR EVERYONE: Phil Kenyon tells farmers taht hogget lambing is not going to work on every farm and for every breed.

There is no silver bullet for getting hogget lambing right.

Do sheep give NZ Army a mental edge?

STRENGTH TRAINING: Soldiers carry sheep as part of the Aumangea Programme.

Thanks to the latest issue of Army News we now know that NZ soldiers seeking the killer edge lug sheep around.

Merino out of this world

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.

Rustlers hit farm


The theft of more than 300 ewe lambs ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.

Smart feeding breeds winners

SMART FEEDERS: New Zealand Ewe Hogget winners Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht.

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

Rising to challenge

HIGH ON A HILL: John and Callum Paterson of Ida Valley Station in Central Otago.

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

Woman key in sheep slaughter


Key figure in the slaughter, theft of 16 sheep played pokies while three friends did the dirty work.

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

NZ lessons pay dividends

Chilean agronomist and sheep breeder Daniel Delorenzo at Ida Valley Station during his 10th visit to NZ in 14 years to meet with Kiwi scientists, consultants and sheep farmers.

Lambing percentages have rocketed since a Chilean farmer introduced New Zealand genetics.

Lamb tradition revived

TASTY: Coastal Spring Lamb is rekindling demand for the first of the season.

Early season lamb was once celebrated in the same seasonal way bluff oysters and whitebait are.