SHEEP ARCHIVES

Elers’ life wrapped up in wool

Tina Elers is working seven days a week but is still finding time to improve her fitness ahead of the World Shearing Championship in France later this year. She also found time to talk to Alan Williams about her busy life.

Tutor hopes wool course will resume

Wool industry tutor Laurie Boniface hopes his class from last year will have a second-year programme to start next month after all.

Grass surplus not wasted

South Wairarapa drystock farmer Mike Warren has had to look to a mechanical mouth to help keep up with rampant grass growth on his 1200ha property. 

Lamb prices exorbitant

Buyers at the 24th annual Rakaia Gorge lamb sales hope prices hold up this season with lambs going under the hammer at record high prices.

Kill hits historic low

Ample pasture cover plunged slaughter numbers to historic lows from October to December but declining grass quality is expected to drive greater flows, albeit at lower prices.

Stepping up to genetics plate

Waikaretu Valley sheep and beef farmer Kate Broadbent is committed to improving the odds for New Zealand sheep farmers against natural hazards. Luke Chivers reports. 

Brexit deal rejection alarms UK sheep farmers

British sheep farmers are facing a huge loss of export markets the National Sheep Association said after a crushing rejection of the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal. 

Positive start for wool sales

The calendar 2019 wool sales season in the South Island started brightly, with indications of business being written in China, and helped by lower volumes.

Polwarths prove their worth

Andrew and Tracy Paterson are fine-wool winners nearly year-after-year at Canterbury’s big annual show, but that’s not their main business there.