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Southern Shearers – cut above

Southland shearers and woolhandlers proved they are a cut above the rest in the lower grades at the Gore Southern Shears last week. The woolhandling,...

‘Learning’ shearer picks up good win

Even though he is relatively inexperienced with a handpiece, Mataura shearer Tyson Crown is starting to score a few wins. Competing in the intermediate grade,...

Local shearers take majority of titles

Eastern and Northern Southland shearers won three out of the four titles up for the taking at the Northern Southland Shears on Friday –...

Annual Catlins Tb pig survey completed

The annual TBFree pig survey in the Catlins has just been completed. The survey, which takes place in an 167,000ha area between Clinton and Chasland,...

Mataura man takes title at Tapanui

Mataura shearer Brett Roberts took another step up as a high-ranking open-class shearer when he won the West Otago A&P Show championship at Tapanui...

Animal health problems led to organic farming

Gore sheep and beef farmers Mark and Vicki Nicholson, who were recently nominated for the Southland Community Environment Awards, have been farming organically for...

Pupil gains Silver Plough finals spot

Gore High School pupil Hamish Baird has qualified to plough in next year's New Zealand Silver Plough final, to be held in Rakaia in...

Global dairy prices continue downwards

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) prices have been tracking down for about six months. For the GDT trading event for October 2, prices were down on...

Unknown ‘rogue dog’ kills sheep in night-time attacks

Dog attacks have ripped through two Otama farms, killing more than 25 hoggets and ewes in the past three months, farmers say. Farmer Donny Nicholson...

Testing vital in avoiding resistance

AgResearch principal scientist Dr Dave Leathwick says when it comes to drench resistance, the information available to New Zealand farmers is better than anywhere...

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