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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,...

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...

2008-07-31 15:00:46

By BASHAM, Laura Steak and chips takes on new meaning with a proposal that will ultimately see all livestock in New Zealand tagged as part of a database tracing animals from paddock to plate. Submissions close on Friday and Laura Basham looks at how much support it has. --------- ----------- WHY DO IT? To maintain commercial market access in the face of increased demand for traceability from global consumers. Improve tracing of stock for biosecurity purposes. Enhance traceability to...

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...

2008-07-28 06:01:05

By Tony Davis, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 28--One of the few studies conducted on mining's effects on wildlife found that a native desert-bighorn sheep population hung on despite the presence of a major copper mine northwest of Tucson. The bighorns in and around the Silver Bell Mine survived. But in general, other studies have shown that "large alterations in the landscape are not likely beneficial to most big game," said Paul Krausman, a lead author of the sheep study....

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...


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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monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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