Ewe hoggets limit sheep decline

A big increase in ewe hoggets on Marlborough-Canterbury farms has stemmed the decline in overall sheep numbers.

Lamb contracts top $8

Months of speculation have been put to bed as $8 or more a kilogram for lamb is confirmed in new season pricing contracts.

Second shearing will continue

Factors other than cost will determine whether farmers continue with second shearing, industry leaders say.

Online wool sale blamed for flop

The country’s largest wool broker is fuming at what it sees as “soft selling” on a new online trading platform it believes is to blame for the disastrous start to the new wool auction season.

Farmer's Voice: Flock Hill Sale

Farmer's Voice visited Flock Hill Station at the start of the year where they caught up with Manager, Richard Hill and one of the auctioneers of the day, Allister Orchard.

Farmers active in setting rules

A willingness to engage with regulators has enabled a group of Hurunui farmers to find compromises to environmental regulations that meet the needs of all parties – and the environment.

New Zealand shearers step-up in Wales

New Zealand shearers have had a big start to the Royal Welsh Show week with two wins, including blade shearer Allan Oldfield’s completion of a rare sequence of wins at the United Kingdom’s four big royal shows.

Crooks beware

Tough new laws for stock rustlers have gained cross-party support and could be law within months.