Beltex lambs top their first sale

It's the back end that’s of greatest interest and as the first commercial Beltex lambs in New Zealand hit the market that back end is shaping up to buyer expectations.

Following the inaugural BeltexNZ ram sale in April last year Beltex purebred and Beltex-cross rams went all over the country.

Alliance targeting young consumers

Alliance thinks it can double the number of high-end London restaurants supporting its food service business over the next six to nine months.

“We haven’t got a fixed target but if we can do that, that would be good,’’ new sales general manager Shane Kingston said.

Quota top-up held in reserve

Meat exporters left short by a split in European quota are to get a top-up but it won’t be enough to meet an expected surge in demand from customers on the continent in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Big sale tops good year

Good, strong market demand pushed prices at the 14th annual Castle Ridge Station on-farm lamb sale to a record high.

Farmed by the Harmer family in the Ashburton high country there were expectations it was going to be a special sale this year.

Shearers flock to charity event

Internationally renowned names will be among 70 shearers banding together for a charity Shear for Life event in Ashburton later this month.

Sheep meat to be worst hit by no-deal Brexit

Sheep farmers are likely to be the hardest hit of all British producers under a no-deal Brexit, resulting in clear knock-on implications for New Zealand sheep meat exporters, according to a new report from the Britain’s Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

Walsh gets new job at his firm

It's been a long time coming but sheep farmers are smiling again and for Peter Walsh that’s cause for him to smile.

Confidence at the farmgate in sheep is the strongest it’s been since 2011 and that is good timing to take a step sideways and plan for the future of his business.

Ewe prices rocket

It was a sale agents predicted where demand driven by industry confidence pushed prices at the Temuka annual two-tooth ewe fair on Wednesday.

Export lamb down sharply

Export lamb prices have come quite sharply off their highs of last year, by more and at a faster rate than in a typical season.