Shears patron still has passion

Earlier this month the Golden Shears celebrated its 60th anniversary. Colin Williscroft caught up with its patron, Laurie Keats, who helped organise the first event.

Beltex-Merino cross shows promise

The hard answers are yet to come but early indications in a world-first breeding a new Merino-cross sheep look exciting. Glenn Fastier and John Tavendale talked to Annette Scott about the first crop of Beltex-Merino lambs.

Cavalier to go back to wool

Cavalier Corporation has previewed a transformation strategy favouring high-end wool carpets while laying down another trading loss in the interim results for the six months to December 31.

No wool sheep mean no worries

Wiltshire sheep have recently come under the spotlight as the labour required and shearing costs associated with the more traditional breeds start to outweigh a dwindling wool cheque for crossbred wool. 

The Wiltshire animals have a relatively young history in New Zealand compared to some sheep breeds but it is a breed that has been nurtured for at least 40 years. 

Wool future report nearly ready

Farmers are not selling at low prices as they eagerly await the release of the Wool Working Group report expected to set a direction that will lift the wool industry from the doldrums.

Southerners snap up NI lambs

Store lambs are making their way to greener pastures in the South Island as the dry in the north puts pressure on the market.

It’s a grim story in the north, Brian Martin of Hawke’s Bay-based BRM Livestock said. 

Farmers’ cash backs wool co-op

Primary Wool Co-operative shareholders have backed their organisation by providing strong support for its future. 

A bright future for the organisation and the New Zealand wool industry is a step closer, uplifted by the strong support of shareholders in a recent capital raising, chairwoman Janette Osborne said.

That enabled the co-operative to file an improved balance sheet as it emerges from a year of reflection and consolidation on a positive footing.    

Stud breeder leaves on a high

Stud breeder Stuart Sinclair if facing the realities of the changes in the farming landscape and taking down his tile. But he told Annette Scott he’s keeping a few sheep and will follow the fortunes of his bloodlines.