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2008-08-19 18:00:00

By Mark Hill PEOPLE are probably already aware there is less livestock around than 10 years ago, and there are two reasons for this. One is foot-and-mouth disease. The last outbreak in 2001 saw more than one million animals destroyed in Wales. The other is changes to Common Agricultural Policy support. Payments to farmers have been decoupled away from production. Previously, more animals meant more money but now farmers are paid a flat rate linked to good environmental practice...

2008-08-17 18:00:34

By MORGAN, Jon The country's biggest meat company intends to intervene in the way lambs are reared because farmers aren't heeding calls for change to closer match international markets. Farming editor Jon Morgan reports. -------------------- A RADICAL change in sheep farming, matching up hill-country breeders with finishing farms, will take a big step closer to realisation if the Silver Fern Farms-PGG Wrightson partnership deal is successful. The move, designed to streamline the...

2008-08-13 15:00:41

By MORGAN, Jon Drought and the dairy boom have combined to cause a 23 per cent drop in export lamb numbers this year - a shortfall that could cost the country $450 million in lost income. Meat & Wool New Zealand says the long summer dry felt across almost all parts of New Zealand forced farmers to shed large numbers of breeding ewes. At the same time 300 extra dairy farms were created, taking land that would have been used to finish lambs for slaughter. Economist Rob Davison said...

2008-08-07 15:00:40

Record milk payouts for milk powder will become a thing of the past, if an Agriculture and Forestry Ministry forecast released yesterday is accurate. This season the dairy payout will average $6.90 per kg of milksolids across all dairy companies - $1 less than Fonterra's record $7.90 last season - and then drop back to $6 for the next few years, the ministry's economists say in their latest "situation and outlook" report. After a 25 per cent jump to $10 billion in the year just ended,...

2008-08-07 15:00:39

By MORGAN, Jon AGRICULTURAL exports, the engine room of the economy, are expected to cruise to new heights in the next five years, according to the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry. Dairying will lead the way, reaching a new peak this production year, then remain buoyant under strong international demand. The ministry's economists say in their latest "situation and outlook" report that beef and lamb returns will bounce back from the lows of the past year, that wool prices will...

2008-08-05 18:00:00

By Sally Williams SUFFICIENT amounts of bluetongue vaccine need to be made available across Wales in time for the September sales, a farmers' union warned last night. President of NFU Cymru, Dai Davies said livestock traditionally moved from west to east during the peak time for pedigree cattle and lamb trading and he hoped that the September sales would be "viable". He pointed out that the problems posed by bluetongue, a disease spread by midges, cut livestock entries by up to 40% at...

2008-08-02 09:00:14

By Dan Buglass Rural TWO principal livestock marketing agencies in south-east Scotland have formed an association to expand their services. With effect from 1 September, John Swan, which runs markets at St Boswells in the Borders and at Wooler in Northumberland, will operate in conjunction with the Selkirk-based Livestock Marketing (Borders) to expand direct and deadweight marketing options. In addition, there are plans to develop the livestock auction facilities. Scott Lambie, a...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By Clinton Thomas, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. Jul. 31--WHITESVILLE, Mo. -- With profits tightening in the beef industry, cattlemen are on the lookout for new ways to maximize production on their pastures. Producers from Andrew County braved the rain for a pasture walk for this reason Tuesday evening at Johnnie Hubach's farm northeast of Whitesville. The cattlemen compared notes on topics like spring development, weed control and even a forage measurement system developed in New Zealand....

2008-07-30 15:00:55

By McEWAN, David Farmers make good investors, I have always found. That's because they are required to invest time and money for extended periods before getting a return (the gap between planting a crop and receiving a productive yield can be years). Farmers know from experience that some seasons are very good and others can be poor. During a bad season they rarely panic, but hold on because they understand that, sooner or later, a good one will come along. It is while considering...

2008-07-30 15:00:54

By WOOD, Alan An equivalent of dairy-based Fonterra seen as crucial to export expansion. Alan Wood reports. -------------------- IN A harsh economic winter Silver Fern Farms has completed the hard cuts of nearly 1000 meat-processing jobs and now faces an intense graft for farmer votes into the spring. SFF is battling traditional conservatism in trying to sell its partnership plan to farmers and bring in much needed capital via NZX- listed PGG Wrightson. It faces two other real...


Latest Domestic sheep Reference Libraries

Mouflon, Ovis aries orientalis
2012-07-31 15:05:48

The mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis) is classified as a subspecies group within the Ovis aries group. The other members of this group are known as urials, or the vignei group. It is thought that the mouflon is the ancestor to all domestic sheep. There are currently five recognized subspecies of the mouflon. This species can be found in the Caucasus, northwestern Iran, and northern areas of Iraq. The only native subspecies of the mouflon is the Cyprus mouflon, with the other four subspecies...

Argali, Ovis ammon
2012-07-31 09:52:06

The argali (Ovis ammon), also known as the mountain sheep, is native to Central Asia. Its range includes Tibet, Altay, and Himalaya. Its range extends from Kazakhstan in the west, east to Shanxi Province in China. It also extends from Altai Mountains in the north, south to the Himalayas. It prefers a habitat in the highlands of these regions, at elevations between 980 and 19,000 feet. Its habitat type varies depending upon location. In areas like Kazakhstan, where it is often hunted, it can...

Bighorn Sheep, Ovis Canadensis
2012-05-10 12:18:52

The bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis) can be found in North America. There are three currently accepted subspecies of this sheep. The range of the bighorn sheep depends on these subspecies. The Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep dwell in the cool mountainous areas of the United States and Canada, while the Desert bighorn sheep are native to the hotter desert areas of the southwestern United States. Bighorn sheep prefer habitats located in rocky, grassy slopes, and alpine meadows....

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2007-07-16 14:25:09

The Domestic Sheep, Ovis aries, is the most common species of the sheep genus (Ovis). It is a woolly ruminant quadruped which most likely descends from the wild mouflon of South Asia. Sheep breeders refer to female sheep as ewes, intact males as rams, and castrated males as wethers. Yearlings are called hoggets and young sheep are called lambs. Domestic Sheep are now found all over the world, but they are declining in numbers in the U.S. because it is becoming economically unviable to raise...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.