Latest Sheep husbandry Stories
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.
A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighboring UK upland breeds.
Swiss biologists, including wolf expert Dr. Jean-Marc Landry from the Swiss Carnivore Research Group, are testing a new way to protect remote herds of sheep from wolves: text messaging.
Mary had a little lamb, but only once a year. However, Cornell Sheep Program researchers have discovered an unusual form of a gene that prompts ewes to breed out of season as well as conceive at younger ages and more frequently.
By CRONSHAW, Tim Whether the hot run of dairying conversions on Southland sheep farms will get the speed wobbles could depend on the extent of red meat profits this season.
By DIANE BISHOP A $150 lamb is being targeted by Federated Farmers to improve returns to sheep farmers but Silver Fern Farms, formerly PPCS, has slammed it an unrealistic. FEDERATED Farmers has launched a campaign that sets an industry target of $150 a lamb over the next five years.
By GALLOWAY, Jill; & FAIRFAX Some industry pundits believe with less stock available, companies will be talking to each other more.
LOBBYING with politicians is one of the tasks faced by the new team at Federated Farmers of New Zealand - even more important this year with a looming election. The new president is Southland sheep farmer Don Nicolson.
By GALLOWAY, Jill A more cohesive meat industry is what many are seeking. --------- ----------- The Silver Fern farms-PGG Wrightson partnership is just the beginning of what Silver Fern Farms chairman Ian Garden says he hopes will be a more cohesive meat industry which promotes more mergers.
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.
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...