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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile – Shaun Rowe

The closest job to farming Ever since he was a young lad Shaun Rowe has been a farmer. “At the age of six I started my own flock of half a dozen ewes, taking the lambs to the Stratford saleyards,” he says. Shaun’s parents have a 10 hectare Stratford lifestyle block where they graze dairy heifers. “I...

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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile – Ben McKerchar

Setting your own style and being confident in yourself Ben McKerchar grew up on a Winton sheep and beef farm, while his father Ross was a well-known Southland livestock agent. From as far back as he can remember, Ben was constantly in and around the saleyards, developing a strong interest in the...

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Over The Farm Gate: Long-standing dairy cow price record broken

Waikato breeder’s dispersal sale attracts huge interest to break 50 year record An April dairy herd dispersal sale for a Waikato breeder toppled a record that has stood for 50 years when a rising three-year-old in-calf Jersey sold for $55,000 to become New Zealand’s highest priced single dairy cow...

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Over The Farm Gate: Prices lift in successful South Island calf sale season

Demand strong throughout the island, though Southland dry mutes enthusiasm Through April calf sales took place somewhere in the South Island approximately every second day. While the region’s drought hampered enthusiasm in the Southland market, elsewhere plenty of feed provided strong motivation for...

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Over The Farm Gate: Demand and stock quality bodes well for an excellent bull sale season

Breeders raising the bar on data, expression and integrity of this year’s bull offering This year’s bull sale season starts in mid-May in the North Island, running throughout the country to the end of June, including a wide selection offered on bidr. Bulls this year are of exceptional quality. Most...

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Over The Farm Gate: Major dispersal sale of highly desirable sheep genetics

Sixty five year legacy of Glengarry Poll Dorset, New Zealand’s number one Poll Dorset stud, to be offered A major dispersal this winter will make available a legacy of the country’s foremost sheep genetics at a scale rarely offered. Held by the Pratt family, which has been farming at Apiti, Manawatu...

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Deer farmers taking positives from signals for venison and velvet

Venison is good news for deer farmers this year with the schedule sitting around $8 per kilogram. Following better than expected demand during the chilled venison season confidence is returning to the sector, demand is gradually building in existing and new developing markets, and prices are 50 per...

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Excellent result for major Manawatu genetics sale

On 28 March, on behalf of Merchiston Angus, we conducted a major on-farm reduction sale. We offered the entire Merchiston-based cow herd: all the stud’s cows that calved during 2021 and were subsequently in-calf again, plus the herd’s in-calf heifers. Merchiston Angus is a stud business northeast of...

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Wool Street Journal: Staff profile Dave Burridge

Fitness and the great outdoors combine Dave Burridge's passion for adventure racing. During working hours, Dave Burridge is South Island Auction Manager for PGG Wrightson Wool, overseeing all the details for every fortnightly wool auction held in Christchurch. Outside the auction room, Dave is a...