Shearing legend David Fagan about to hang up clippers

World famous shearer David Fagan, who is planning on retiring this year, aged 53, competes in the Open heats of Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event.

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

Record price for ram 'humbling'

Winton farmer Todd Anderson with his Southdown rams.

A Southdown ram has sold for $15,000 - a New Zealand record across all ram breeds this year.

A barking mad sheep video

Gemma Simcox a vet nurse from Otaki with her pet sheep, Richard, which thinks its a dog.

Richard the sheep has managed to pull the wool over his doggy pals' eyes.

Fagan's last shear gallery

EXCITING: Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event held at the Hokonui Pavilion.

Legendary shearer David Fagan has pushed the red button one last time in Southland.

Muster offers drover's delight

The dust flies as Ben Lutyens drafts young cattle on Riversdale Station, Wairarapa, home to Heavenly Adventures mustering and horse trekking.

Old-fashioned cattle musters with a modern twist are being offered as a tourist attraction in Wairarapa.

Sheep milk promises smooth ice-cream

Guy and Suzanne Trafford are setting up an ice-cream making business from sheep milk and are building up thei milking flock using coloured east friesian rams.

University lecturer is putting his money where his mouth is and setting up a sheep-milking flock to make ice cream.

Sheep milk products 'to take off' gallery

Faith and Nick Palevich from ag research try some sheep-milk yoghurt and ice cream.

Massey University "sheep exploratorium" extolls the virtues and high value of sheep milk with iced treats.

A Frew good men gallery video

Central Southland, sheep and beef farmers Mervyn Frew with his son's Dan and Brett, left, in the shearing shed while the lambs are being shorn.

Even though the Frews have been farming for 55 years, becoming set in their ways is the last thing they want to do.

US sock maker snaps up NZ wool in multi-million dollar deal

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PGG Wrightson Wool knits together new multi-million dollar deal for NZ merino farmers to supply wool to a US sock company.

Golden Shears swansong is special, says David Fagan

David Fagan, 53, has won 631 shearing competitions including five world titles.

"The Federer of Shearing", David Fagan, has been made the favourite to take out the event considered the sport's Wimbledon in his final appearance.

PGG Wrightson knits together US wool deal

New Zealand may be passing the torch as being the home of sheep.

NZ merino farmers will supply wool to US sock company under a multi-million dollar contract.

Lamb price plunge a shocker

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Lamb processors told to get much better at telling farmers about market price shifts and risks after "heartbreaking" disappointment this season.

Wool undies great for space

Merino man: Kiwi clothing manufacturer Andy Caughey is making an international name for himself as a specialist in non-flammable merino wool garments for people working in high-risk environments, such as soldiers, fire fighters, race car drivers and astronauts.

Astronauts, soldiers and firefighters are reaping the benefits of wool's non-flammable properties.

Southern lamb sampled

NEW AND IMPROVED: Morrisons UK senior livestock buyer Michael Winchester, left, Alliance Group development technologist Sonja Lindsay and former Morrisons livestock buyer Paul Barker sample Alliance's new, healthier lamb.

UK retail representatives were given a taste of high health New Zealand lamb yesterday.

Farms need stock killed

South Pacific Meats livestock buyer Craig Bull says his company is helping out farmers affected by the drought by taking their animals for killing earlier than usual.

Farmers desperately looking for slaughter houses to take animals earlier than usual as a drought is officially declared.

Lamb Day a salute to past

The Dunedin left Port Chalmers on February 15, 1882, carrying the first frozen meat to Britain.

The anniversary of a significant milestone in New Zealand's sheep meat industry will be celebrated on Sunday.

Merino meat sales defended

SILERE MERINO MEAT: Silver Fern Farms and joint-venture partner New Zealand Merino Company are trying to give merinos more value than their fine wool.

Silver Fern Farms says it is not about to walk away from Silere merino sheepmeat sales.

A day in a Kiwi shearing shed video

FAST PACE: Jock MacDonald, left, shears another sheep alongside James Ritchie while head rousie Susan Turner sweeps up.

'You're eight hours on your feet, running around sweating your guts out. I wouldn't trade it for anything.'

Stolen wool found in Riverton

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A large quantity of wool has been found by Riverton police.

Fagan to hang up the shears

Shear determination: After 37 years of competitive shearing David Fagan will retire his clippers.

New Zealand's most successful competition sheep shearer will retire at the end of the shearing season.

Sheep, beef outlook gives hope

LOOKING UP: Despite the dry weather, there are green shoots showing through in projections for the season ahead.

2015 might just go down as a good year for Waikato's drystock sector.

Family united on succession plans

George Tennent, left, and his father David at the Hessett block in the foothills of the Ruahine Range.

A Hawke's Bay couple are carefully planning for the time when their four sons take over three farms.

Buyers after quality young sheep

Sheep at the Feilding saleyards – in a worst-case scenario, sheep at a sale would have the infectious foot and mouth disease but show no symptoms.

Sheep farmers are feeling optimistic enough to spend strongly on young stock, agent Kevin Rowe says.

Analysts bullish about beef


Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

Young bidder gets the job done

Louisa McClintock, 17, makes the winning bid on a line of two tooth romney ewes at the Hawarden crossbred sheep sale.

A determined 17-year-old helped to set the prices at this week's Hawarden crossbred sheep sale, as she held her nerve and saw off rival bidders for three pens of romney two-tooths.

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia, of Te Kuiti, underway in his world record shearing bid today at Te Hape, east of Benneydale.

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

Changing of the guard

Geoffrey and Diana Thomson on Mt Earnslaw Station with the north end of Mt Alfred to the left and Cosmos peaks in the Dart Valley in the background.

A high country station's long-term owner reveals why he is passing it over to a lessee.

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