Wool courses target pressing need

New qualifications will help solve a critical need to train shearers and wool handlers, Primary ITO chief executive Linda Sissons says.

Adding $7000 to a bale of wool

A group of farmers has achieved the unthinkable, receiving the equivalent of about $39 a kilogram for crossbred lambs’ wool.

But it wasn’t achieved through a conventional selling system.

Snowstorm inspires stock-saver

A shattering snowstorm changed David Brown’s life and inspired a life-saving product.

The founder of the Woolover started out as a sheep and cropping farmer at Clandeboye in South Canterbury, near the Fonterra milk factory. 

White wools selling well

Good quality crossbred wools are showing positive signs the market is on the up, PGG Wrightson wool general manager Grant Edwards says.

Sheep focus of facial recognition

Artificial intelligence or making computers perform tasks that normally require human intelligence sounds like something out of a science fiction novel. But a small Dunedin company is adapting the computer science into practical applications for agriculture. Neal Wallace visited Iris Data Science.

Wool stalwart, 86, still bulldozing

Hawke’s Bay farmer and passionate agriculture advocate Bay de Lautour’s love for the land began when he was a youngster hiding in the scrub from the Japanese during the war. He talked to Annette Scott about his lifetime of farming and his unfailing dedication to wool.

Passion and precision celebrated

The winner of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition will be unveiled later this month.

The national competition identifies the top farmers and rewards excellence in selecting flock replacements likely to be most productive and profitable over their lifetime.

Farm sales concern store stock market

Finishing farm operators are beginning to worry that traditional sources of store stock will be removed from the market with increasing numbers of east coast North Island sheep and beef farms being sold for forestry conversion.

Wool bonanza

Increased international demand for fine wool is putting Kiwi wool within reach of becoming a $2 billion industry.

New Zealand Merino Company chief executive John Brakenridge said if half NZ’s crossbred wool clip shifts into higher-value fine wool contracts the economic upside will be as high as $2b.

Alliance creates 35 new jobs

Alliance is investing a further $1.4 million at its Dannevirke plant for greater efficiencies in processing. 

It is re-configuring processing operations and investing in more technology, bringing total investment at Dannevirke to $12m in the past year.