Asian buyers spark wool auction sales

Strong demand from Asian markets led to animated buying at the Christchurch wool auction on Thursday.

Crossbred fleece, especially lambs’ wool and the finer end of the adult fleece, benefited.

Beltex sale draws wide interest

With a small flock of the new Beltex sheep breed on the ground Northland farmer Sterl Roadley believes he’s a winner.

The Maungaturoto sheep breeder parted with $22,000, the top price of the day, for a pure Beltex ram at the breed’s second commercial sale in New Zealand, at the Gallagher family’s Rangiatea property in Mid Canterbury last week.

Charity shear a huge success

Cancer organisations nationwide will benefit from more than $90,000 raised by the inaugural Shear for Life in Ashburton.

Held at the Ewing family’s Hindsridge property the charity event attracted internationally renowned names, All Black legends and champion shearers.

Indoor lambing unit is in enviro contest

Richard Dawkins of The Pyramid has entered his family sheep and cattle business in the 2019 Cawthron Marlborough Environmental Awards and is up against forestry, marine, wine industry, landscape/habitat, community innovation and business innovation entries for the supreme title.

Favourites dominate big finals at Golden Shears

Hot favourites Rowland Smith and Joel Henare successfully defended the two major titles at the 59th Golden Shears international shearing and woolhandling championships in Masterton.

Ewe hogget contest entries now open

Entries are open for the 23rd annual Ewe Hogget Competition, aimed at identifying top farmers and rewarding excellence in the sheep industry.

Cavalier sales soften

Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation has improved interim operating earnings but says sales are softening in the early part of the second half of the year, especially in Australia.

Momentum builds for lambs’ wool

Bidders jumped into life to give prices a good boost at Thursday’s Christchurch wool sale.

Prices rose across the board, compared to last week’s sale, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said.

Buyers keen on lambs’ wool

Most types of wool improved in price at Thursday’s Napier sale. 

Good colour lambs’ wool was especially sought-after. The 28 to 29-micron lambs’ wool was between 2% and 4% dearer on the day, compared to a week earlier, PGG Wrightson’s North Island auctioneer Steve Fussell said.

Feds vow to back a new wool levy

A compulsory wool levy is likely to be the only saviour for an industry on its death bed, Federated Farmers meat and wool chairman Miles Anderson says.