Concerns over shearer ‘bidding wars’

Reports of unofficial bidding wars among Australian farmers to secure shearers has a New Zealand shearing boss worried it could lure Kiwi shearers across the Tasman to chase the money, leaving the industry short-staffed.

South Island lamb sales fetch decent premium

The struggle to keep lambs through until mid-January has been worth it for farmers in the Mackenzie Basin selling at on-farm sales this week, with lambs fetching a good premium on pre-Christmas values.

Record-breaking day in the wool shed

Seven months of training – which meant removing bread, caffeine and sugar from her diet – paid off for 24-year-old Gore shearer Megan Whitehead, when she set a new solo women’s record of 661 lambs this week.

SWAG ready to tackle 2021

The Strong Wool Action Group (SWAG) tasked with lifting New Zealand’s strong wool industry out of the doldrums, has kick started the new year on a positive footing.

Deal softens lamb export blow

Meat exporters believe they sidestepped a “nightmare scenario” in the British lamb market, which very likely would have had negative consequences for New Zealand’s other international markets after the United Kingdom and the European Union struck a last-minute trade deal.

B+LNZ expects drop in exports

Despite the challenges of widespread drought and covid-19 processing restrictions, sheep farmers have recorded a remarkable lambing performance for 2020.

QualityNZ key to India market

The covid-19 pandemic has been a glitch, but Alliance Group remains confident demand for red meat will make India the next China.

Lambs sell to Southland buyers

Lambs that were sold at on-farm sales in South Otago and Southland had a much shorter journey than others offered in the past few weeks, as Southland buyers secured the majority.

Godfrey Hirst strong-arms WNZ

Godfrey Hirst is firing legal shots at Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) for claiming it can deliver wool carpet with a lower price than a comparable synthetic made by the rival flooring company.