SHEEP ARCHIVES

Cavalier looks for wool carpet boost

Cavalier Corporation is changing the way it operates in Australia in reaction to soft market trading and to improve the prospects for its high-end wool carpets.

Brexit hiatus gives breathing room

The meat industry is once again facing a Brexit deadline in the middle of one of its major selling windows for chilled lamb exports to Britain.

Best gains in years for crossbred wool

Renewed Chinese buying and the emergence of new-season fleece turbo-charged the Christchurch wool market on Thursday.

Crossbred wool 31 to 35 microns rose by 5% to 8% in price and above 35 micron had gains of 4% to 7%.

Halfbreds come off the hills at full price

Maniototo farmers cleared the decks in grand fashion ahead of the start of the duck-shooting season.

The famous Last Muster Sale at Waipiata sale yards near Ranfurly on Tuesday brought in a record 20,500 lambs from the hills, newly weaned, very well presented and they sold very well, PGG Wrightson Otago livestock manager John Duffy said.

Cavalier looks for wool carpet boost

Cavalier Corporation is changing the way it operates in Australia in reaction to soft market trading and to improve the prospects for its high-end wool carpets.

Kiwi shearer shatters Merinos record

New Zealand-born shearer Lou Brown has just completed the quickest-ever day of Merino shearing to smash a world record set 16 years ago. 

Wool shines for vendors

Sellers were well ahead on a big volume day at Wednesday’s Christchurch wool sale.

Prices for about 11,000 bales of end-of-season wool were strong across most styles, PGG Wrightson’s South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said. 

Sheep ambassadors sharing aspirations

Future  leaders from New Zealand, the United States and Australia have been brought together in the Sheep Industry Ambassadors programme.

Tenure plans alienate farmers

The Government has been warned it will be in breach of contract with farmers if it tries to wield greater influence over the management of ecological and biodiversity values on Crown pastoral lease properties.

Kill slump props prices

Big volumes of lambs processed in February and early March are now creating gaps in lamb bookings with some chains on the verge of an early winter mode.

Latest kill statistics show the season tracking just 0.7% ahead on volume compared to last year as February and March processing numbers make up for the slow start in November and December, AgriHQ senior analyst Mel Croad said.