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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...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

By MORGAN, Jon Two Wairarapa farmers have found a way to turn winter rain into life-giving summer irrigation. -------------------- IT'S HOSING down in Wairarapa. Rivers are threatening to burst their banks, great lakes of water are pooling on the pastures and everything -- sheep, cattle, men and dogs -- are splattered in mud. But Ed Beetham and Mike Southey are smiling -- for them, the rainwater is money in the bank. The chances are that in just six months the sodden scenery will have...

2008-09-03 03:00:11

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to reduce protected areas for an endangered species of bighorn sheep in Southern California. The peninsular bighorn sheep was declared an endangered species 10 years ago when fewer than 300 remained. Environmentalists say cutting 500,000 acres from the map of critical habitat, allowing mining, development and other activities, threatens the species' survival, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. "I'm not happy with it. We had contiguous habitat...

2008-09-02 15:00:14

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. He took over the leadership after five years on the board, following the retirement of Charlie Pedersen at the annual meeting in June. Mr Nicolson has a 212-hectare sheep farm (2000 stock units) near Invercargill. He is also chairman of the Local Government Forum (since...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

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. A more cohesive meat industry is what many farmers, and the Meat Industry Action Group (MIAG), wants to see. The MIAG wants meaningful consolidation within the industry and a farmer controlled,...


Latest Sheep Reference Libraries

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...

Animal husbandry
2013-08-21 10:25:40

Animal husbandry is the caring and breeding of domestic animals by humans, such as cattle, pigs, sheep and horses. Animal husbandry includes grooming, accommodations, and hygiene of the animals. Animal husbandry may also consist of specialized breeding in order to obtain a desirable characteristic, such as strength, temperament, increased production of by-products, or bone structure of the intended animal. Farmers, ranchers, and sheepherders practice animal husbandry as well as those who take...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming 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 do not have access to winter fodder for the 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 highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

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...

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