Farmer's Voice | Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the two-time world champion speed-shearer and current world title holder. After taking over from his father Sir David Fagan, he rose through the ranks winning his first title in Invercargill two years ago and second in France this year. Wiggy catches up with Fagan over a cup of tea and learns the in’s and out’s of New Zealand shearing and what it takes to be the best.

Trade woes smack wool prices

Most fine and mid-micron wool prices slumped at Thursday’s Christchurch sale because of the United States-China trade war.

Merino inspires Cavalier rethink

Cavaliar Corporation has enlisted marketing specialist the New Zealand Merino Company to help boost its struggling wool carpet sales business.

Alliance spending on its plants

Alliance is investing $1.2 million in its Smithfield plant at Timaru to meet the needs of South Island farmers.

Fairton pelt operation closing

The final blow is about to hit Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton processing plant with 44 jobs on the line.

Indian market value grows

Performance, patience and perseverance sum up the challenge for cracking the market into India, Alliance chairman Murray Taggart says.

Cavalier plans more write-downs

Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation warns it will make asset value write-downs in its earnings report next Tuesday but still expects to achieve its guidance of normalised after-tax profit of $1.9 million for the year ended June 30.

Trade stress blunts China wool-buying

Mid micron and finer wools suffered a significant fall at Thursday’s Christchurch auction, influenced by drops the previous day at Australian sales.

Sales slip but UK still on top

Brexit might be a big worry but Britain is still easily New Zealand’s major chilled sheep meat customer.