Farmer loses just five lambs

Sheep breeder Peter Cook has a lambing for the record books – 160% lambing after 168% scanning, with only five lamb losses during pregnancy and birth.

Woolly Suzy aims for record books

A northern counterpart to the Shrek story will be written in Masterton on Sunday when a feral crossbred ewe with extremely long wool will be shorn for possibly the first time.

The animal was captured on a remote bluff in the Mapiu district south of Te Kuiti by Amie Ritchie and Carla Clark. 

Slower sales soften wool

Prices softened again at Thursday’s Napier wool sale, including a 10%-plus fall for 35 micron crossbred fleece.

In the 37 micron and stronger range prices fell about 3% from the previous sale a fortnight earlier.

Wool scour plants have a new owner

David Ferrier sold out of his New Zealand wool scour interests nearly a decade ago, not expecting to return.

Since last week he’s back, now owning most of the industry.

All wool class prices fall

Wool prices came under pressure at Thursday’s Christchurch sale with all classes falling.

The only exception in an otherwise poor day for mid-micron wools was a very slight lift for 28 and 29 microns.

Meat firms losing cash on lambs

A $20 a head disconnect between global market prices and New Zealand procurement prices for lamb are hurting processing companies, Alliance chief executive David Surveyor told North Canterbury shareholder-suppliers.

Rain storm costs farmers $13m

A four-day deluge hit the North Island’s east coast just as the lambing season was moving to its peak.

Up to 100,000 lambs might have died in the easterly rain and wind storm that began on September 4 and lasted nearly five days.

Better pay shortens Aussie stay

Kiwi shearers might soon be earning enough to make Australia a four-week stopover instead of a long stay, an industry leader says, New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association president Mark Barrowcliffe says.

Mid micron wool prices take breather

Mid micron wool prices fell solidly at Thursday’s Christchurch sale but the outlook remains very strong, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said.

“They’ve been the jewel in the crown for several seasons and they’ve had a record run. 

Killer moths to attack horehound

Moths can be imported from Australia to control horehound, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided.