SHEEP ARCHIVES

Prices send buyers inter-island

There appears to be no shortage of confidence in the sheep market right now with store lamb demand reaching historical highs for this time of the season.

Wool prices show some spark

Lower volumes of wool on offer helped Thursday’s Christchurch auction to a higher close.

Record lambing limits fall

A record high lambing percentage hasn’t prevented a fall in the number of lambs tailed during the latest spring season.

There’s Hope for wool in art show

Dunedin artist Hope Duncan says a wolf-shaped rug made from crossbred wool is the perfect analogy for the state of the carpet fibre industry.

Kiwi genetics boost Scots sheep

New Zealand Suffolk genetics have helped Scottish farmer Donald Macdonald achieve a lambing percentage of more than 170% and a weaning figure of 156% on his highly exposed, wet and windy farm near Thurso in the far north of the country.

Lamb numbers and prices are up

The lamb market is almost getting sexy again, North Canterbury farmer Stu Thomson says.

His Manahune farm had the biggest yarding in the annual late November Glenmark Drive on-farm sales and topped the market.

Sheep needed on hill country

Waikato farmer Alastair Reeves has taken umbrage at the Productivity Commission’s suggestion sheep should be cast aside to make way for trees. He reckons sheep have a great future if they are not threatened by people making decisions in isolation and ignoring the ramifications of being wrong. He’s even got a plan for wool involving the Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle.

Bidders like hogget wool

Strong bidding pushed Otupae Station’s 16,240kg of 32.5-micron hogget wool to $3.08/kg greasy in a difficult Napier market.

That is equivalent to a clean price of $3.97/kg.