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2008-07-30 15:00:54

By GALLOWAY, Jill Farmers are more positive and expect incomes to lift after several seasons of very poor sheep and beef returns, says Rabobank's Feilding branch manager Chris Heenan. "There's a feeling now that things will improve." The signs are there in that the meat schedule is at a level that is well above the five-year average, he says. It is also based on Rabobank's research on demand and supply for farm products. "Demand offshore is good, which bodes well for sheep and beef...

2008-07-18 15:00:44

By MORGAN, Jon in Wellington `The trouble is, we've got some months that it is 600,000 and one month last year which had 4.3 million.' Mike Petersen A RADICAL change to the design of sheep farms is to be put to farmers by Meat & Wool New Zealand with the aim of providing year-round lambs to overseas markets. In a year in which the industry has heard one big idea after another, this could be the biggest. If it was to work perfectly, it would see closer cooperation between farmers, in...

2008-07-18 15:00:44

By ST GEORGE, Liz FARMERS still reeling from the drought are facing another blow. Initial scanning results show there are 20 to 30% less lambs than last year and, in some cases, up to 25% of mobs are dry. One farmer was reported to have 400 of his 1200 mob dry. Meat&WoolNZ regional manager Liz Russell says the dry rates are variable. "It depends on the condition of the stock when people put the rams out. "Some were able to get their rams out early, when the ewes were in...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 17--A federal judge in Seattle today ordered the federal government and members of the National Wildlife Federation to find a compromise in their fight over a plan to allow grazing and hay production on millions of acres of conservation land across the country. In the meantime, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour is keeping a temporary restraining order he issued last week after a suit was filed by the National Wildlife Federation and six affiliates...

2008-07-14 15:00:29

Farming editor Diane Bishop asked southern farmers and key meat industry players for their view, on PGG-Wrightson's proposal to buy a 50 percent stake in Silver Fern Farms for $220 million. Bill Taylor -- New Zealand Deer Farmers Association chairman and sheep farmer: "PGG-Wrightson's decision to invest in Silver Fern Farms is excellent and it should give producers some confidence in the future of their industry. I would like PGG to reduce its shareholding to 25 to 30 percent. If Alliance is...

2008-07-10 15:00:40

By MORGAN, Jon A RADICAL change to the design of sheep farms is to be put to farmers by Meat & Wool New Zealand with the aim of providing year- round lambs to overseas markets. In a year in which the industry has heard one big idea after another, this could be the biggest. If it was to work perfectly, it would see closer cooperation between farmers, in which they shared the responsibility -- and the profit -- for breeding and growing a lamb to the ideal slaughter weight. At...

2008-07-08 15:00:28

By KATTERNS, Tanya THE effects of the summer drought continue to hurt struggling sheep and beef farmers as well-off dairy farmers drive up the price of crucial winter feed. Farming leaders in areas worst hit by the drought say the price of a conventional bale of hay has almost tripled, with those still holding meagre stocks demanding up to $14 a bale. The price of grass baleage has skyrocketed from an average $70 to $160. Agribusiness consultant David Baker said dairy farmers, who...

2008-07-04 15:00:25

By DIANE BISHOP One of the main causes Federated Farmers national president Don Nicolson will champion is the freedom to farm and he urges lowland pastoral farmers to consider more profitable land use options. Diane Bishop reports. `Agriculture is the key driver of the economy and it's up to us to use our land as efficiently and effectively as we can. We must not resist change.' Don Nicolson WAIMATUA sheep farmer Don Nicolson has set a new benchmark. He is believed to be the first...

2008-07-01 06:00:35

By Dan Buglass rural THE world is an increasingly hungry place and, as The Scotsman pointed out yesterday, at least one billion people on the planet are experiencing varying degrees of food poverty. The timescale for resolving that dire problem is limited, but the leaders of the four UK farming unions believe that the industry can do much to alleviate this crisis. Jim McLaren, the president of NFU Scotland, along with Peter Kendall of the NFU (England), NFU Cymru (Wales) president,...

2008-06-25 00:00:00

When livestock farmer John Lund moved to East Yorkshire, everything in his fields looked rosy. He and his partner had bought a bigger farm to expand their cattle herd and sheep flock and secure a future for their 15-year- old son. But two years to the day after they first viewed Coneygarth Hill Farm at Emmotland, near Driffield, the region was hit by a devastating downpour. On Monday, June 25 last year, Mr Lund and his family watched helplessly as floodwater swamped 146 of their 200...


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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