Cavalier eyes anti-plastic trend

Cavalier Corp says it is well-placed to take advantage of a growing consumer shift away from plastics.

That trend fits well with the carpet maker’s renewed focus on its high-quality wool products, particularly higher-margin, niche opportunities and the potential of major markets like the United States and United Kingdom, chief executive Paul Alston said.

Minister gets wool message

Wool issues are being addressed, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor told farmers at the Ashburton A&P Show on Friday.

Early season spares farmers

An early season has spared a lot of New Zealand’s Merino fine-wool growers from tumbling prices over the last three weeks.

Kiwi sheep fight space fires

Wool off the back of a new breed of sheep farmed in Otago will play a part in taking man safely into deep space and even to Mars in years to come. New Zealand air filter company Lanaco is eagerly awaiting results from NASA tests on the effectiveness of its specially developed wool filters in the Orion space capsule. Richard Rennie spoke to chief executive Nick Davenport about what makes these sheep leaders going into the final frontier.

Avoid groundhog day

When Hawke's Bay sheep and beef farmer Leyton King noticed he was losing some of his passion for farming he decided to do something about it. 

Two-tier lamb market is likely

A two-tier lamb price market might emerge over the next few weeks as processors try to boost new season stock over the still significant numbers of last season’s lambs coming forward.

Lamb returns up 26%

Average lamb values in the latest export year were 26% higher than the average for the last five years.

For the first time average values remained above $10,000 a tonne every month, Beef+Lamb NZ said in its season review. 

Sheep meat exports break record

Sheep meat exports increased by 24% in value but only 6% in volume in 2017-18, posting an all-time record income of $3.4 billion from 394,906 tonnes, beating the last high year in 2008-09.

New deal to sell carpets to US

New Zealand wool carpets and rugs will be more widely available throughout the United States following a new distribution agreement between Carrfields Primary Wool and Georgia-based floor covering manufacturer J Mish Mills.

Wool cracks big British retailer

One of Britain’s biggest retailers has launched a line of menswear made from New Zealand crossbred lambs’ wool.