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2009-02-17 08:23:05

The number of cattle, hogs and sheep on Canadian farms all declined in 2008 and the number of cattle farms also fell, Statistics Canada said Tuesday. Overall, cattle producers reported 13.2 million head as of Jan. 1 this year, down 5.1 percent compared with same period a year earlier. The dairy herd fell 2.5 percent, while the beef herd fell 5.6 percent. The beef herd shows no sign of rebuilding, as the number of cows is down 6.6 percent and the number of replacement heifers is down 9.7...

2009-01-31 16:03:52

An English sheep badger has been deprived of his birthright of grazing his flock in his village for using the sheep to scare his neighbors. Jeremy Awdry, 60, was spared prison Friday by a judge who imposed a 16-week sentence and then suspended it, The Daily Telegraph reported. But the judge imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. for two months and took away Awdry's grazing privileges. Awdry, like others born in the Forest of Dean and known as sheep badgers, had the privilege of grazing...

2008-10-10 15:00:23

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. Higher sheepmeat returns are expected to have a greater bearing on the conversion rate than the lowering of Fonterra's starting payout for 2008-09 to $6.60 a kilogram of milk solids, down from an earlier forecast of $7/kg. The credit crunch will also have would- be investors looking closely at their numbers. Last...

2008-10-02 15:00:41

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. However, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand's largest marketer, processor and exporter of red meat, said it set unrealistic expectations and did not take into account global economic reality. The T150 concept,...

2008-10-02 00:00:16

S tore lamb finishing over the coming winter in the Westcountry should be carefully planned to minimise the level of late-spring slaughterings for the greatest market stability. That is the advice from specialists at Eblex, following a study of lamb returns over the past two contrasting seasons. One of the main factors contributing to the particularly poor prices seen in 2007 was a glut of hoggets held through to April and May. Total slaughterings, which were around 15 per cent up on...

2008-09-22 18:00:25

By Sam Wood STORE lamb finishing over the coming winter should be carefully planned to minimise the level of late spring slaughterings. That, says the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex), will lead to greater stability in the market following a study of lamb returns over the past two contrasting seasons. One of the main factors contributing to the particularly poor prices seen in 2007 was a glut of old season lambs held through to April and May. Total slaughterings - some 15%...

2008-09-17 15:00:26

By GALLOWAY, Jill; & FAIRFAX Some industry pundits believe with less stock available, companies will be talking to each other more. -------------------- Farmers are expecting higher returns once Silver Fern Farms (SFF) and PGG Wrightson (PGW) join forces, and industry watchdogs said they will keep an eye on the merged company. SFF farmer shareholders voted for the partnership proposal with PGW. "In my experience, corporates value their shareholders and clients far more than...

2008-09-11 18:00:00

THE chairman of the NFU's livestock board joined other farmers' leaders, ministers and MEPs from the EU's main sheep producing nations to discuss ways to tackle low profitability and declining production in the sector across Europe. Alistair Mackintosh took part in the conference in Limoges, France, which was organised by the French Farm Minister and current president of the EU Agriculture Council, Michael Barnier. Mr Mackintosh said: "We all recognise the damage that this continuing...

2008-09-10 15:00:25

Prices for store lambs and cattle are the great unknown for the coming season, Wilson and Keeling farm advisers told 30 farmers at the Meat and Wool New Zealand Manawatu Finishing Monitor Farm day. They were reluctant to guess what store lambs and cattle might be worth, and the ready-to-slaughter prices per kilogram, were also up in the air. No one replied when farmers were asked, who intended to buy store stock to finish on their farms. This suggests farmers who had the option were...

2008-09-09 18:00:05

n Mansfield, Mass. An animal shelter worker spotted a solitary sheep last week grazing just feet from traffic on a wooded highway median near Mansfield. How it got there is a mystery but police first received reports of the animal about a year ago at the junction of Interstates 495 and 95. A number of rescue efforts have failed because the animal is afraid of people, and authorities are wary of using tranquilizers because a drugged animal could wander onto the road. North Attleboro...


Latest Sheep Reference Libraries

Arapawa Sheep
2014-09-16 10:49:57

The Arapawa sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that is typically only found on Arapawa Island in New Zealand. It is thought that this breed has been isolated on the island since 1867 and although there are many theories regarding its origin, it is most widely accepted that it is a descendant Merino strains from Australia. Because the Arapawa sheep has lived in an area with harsh terrain for so long, it often looks hunched over in appearance, carrying its tail and head in a downward...

Ancon Sheep
2014-09-16 09:59:30

The Ancon sheep, also known as the otter sheep or Ancon, is a group of domestic sheep that were developed from a single lamb in Massachusetts in 1791. Although the name “Ancon” was given to this breed, it has also been used to refer to similar breeds including stock from Texas established in 1962 and Norwegian stock that was established in 1919. The phenotype that causes the mutations that are characteristic of the Ancon and other similar breeds has occurred naturally at least four times,...

Alpines Steinschaf
2014-09-16 09:26:07

The Alpines Steinschaf is a breed of domestic sheep that is located in the Southern Alps of Germany and Eastern Alps of Austria. This breed is one of four in the Steinschaf group, which is thought to be derived from the Zaupelschaf type which lived during the medieval period or the Torschaf, which is older than the Zaupelschaf. This most likely makes the Alpines Steinschaf the oldest breed of sheep in the eastern Alps. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the Alpines Stinschaf could...

Afrikaner Sheep
2014-09-16 09:18:15

The Afrikaner sheep, also known as the cape fat tail, is a breed of domestic sheep that is native to South Africa. It is one of the oldest sheep breeds in that area and is a descendant of sheep brought from the Khoikhoin people in the Middle East. There are two types of this breed, known as the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and it is thought that the Ronderib type was the first type of sheep to be introduced into Australia. The Afrikaner sheep is a hardy breed and is known...

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

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