Wool campaign pays off

An additional $78,500 has been raised for the Southland Charity Hospital after 64,000kg of donated wool was processed free of charge for sale by wool scour WoolWorks.

Bremworth signs up to NZFAP

Bremworth has signed up to the New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP), signalling its support for and adoption of a national wool standard.

The NZFAP provides assurance to consumers about the integrity, traceability, biosecurity, environmental sustainability and animal health and welfare of NZ’s primary sector products.

SWAG announces new partnership

The action group tasked with reinvigorating the strong wool industry has launched a new partnership with Primary Purpose in its drive to get the sector match-fit for the market.

Sheep levy increase proposed

Sheep farmers will be asked to pay an extra 5 cents a head from October 1 under proposed new Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ) levies, although the beef levy will remain the same.

The industry good organisation is required to hold a referendum every six years on its levies and the latest vote, which is now open, is asking for approval on an increase in the sheepmeat levy from 70c to 75c a head, while beef would stay at $5.40/head.

Store lambs in demand

Soaring store lamb values have lambs flocking to the Temuka sale yards to meet strong buying power.

The annual pilgrimage of store lambs at this time of the year from Otago, Southland, wider Canterbury and as far north as Marlborough has been trending over the past three to four years but this month has been just a bit busier, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins said.

Increased gains amid lamb shortage

A dynamic global red meat market is creating an uncertain future, but that uncertainty appears to have a positive rather than negative tinge.

Call to maintain wool classing standards

Crossbred wool may be in the doldrums, but clip preparation must not be compromised.

Addressing the New Zealand Wool Classers Association (NZWCA) annual industry day in Ashburton, South Island wool auctioneer and NZWCA broker representative Roger Fuller urged wool classers and shed hands not to succumb to sub-standard clip preparation.

Flock fall continues

The country’s sheep flock looks set to continue shrinking, which observers warn could drive change to lamb supply patterns.

Making the most of mohair

A dire international shortage of mohair fibre spells a huge opportunity for New Zealand farmers.

Mohair NZ marketing company representative John Woodward says at its peak in 1989, the worldwide production of mohair reached 24 million kilograms.