Breeders: bury your differences and work together, Edward Dinger urges.

Greater collaboration needed

Edward Dinger won numerous sheep industry awards during a 45-year career breeding Coopworths near Cambridge. Now retired, but still with a keen interest in ovine genetics and in particular facial eczema, Andrew Swallow asks what he sees as the challenges for breeders today and in future. Sheep breeders and their societies need to work together more nationally, if not internationally, …

Worms: Reduction test reluctance remiss

In the second part of a series, Andrew Swallow investigates how a scientist, vets and sheep farmers are fighting back against drench resistance. Worms resistant to one or more class of drench are probably present on most sheep farms and production losses will be eroding returns long before visible symptoms of excessive worm burdens are seen. That warning comes from …

Richard Power, left, and Hayden Churchward.

Preview: Success for simplicity

A North Canterbury couple’s simple lamb finishing policy has won top honours in a national competition. Sandra Taylor reports. Richard and Mez Power’s sheep operation is strikingly simple. All lambs, prime and store along with cull ewes are sold by late November irrespective of the season. This means all feed can be partitioned into capital stock giving them the ability …

Breeders: bury your differences and work together, Edward Dinger urges

Greater collaboration needed

Edward Dinger won numerous sheep industry awards during a 45-year career breeding Coopworths near Cambridge. Now retired, but still with a keen interest in ovine genetics and in particular facial eczema, Andrew Swallow asks what he sees as the challenges for breeders today and in future. Sheep breeders and their societies need to work together more nationally, if not internationally, …

Feed crop a full flush

Sandra Taylor    North Canterbury farmers are using kale as both a flushing feed to drive conception rates and a pasture management tool. Farm consultant Wayne Allan says farmers in the region, many clients, use soil moisture in spring to establish kale crops which are typically used for flushing ewes in autumn. These crops provide high energy, relatively high protein feed …

Advancing the Romney

Mike Bland Rex Alexander could have walked off the farm after facial eczema wiped out more than half his recorded ewe flock in 1970. But a stubborn streak made him stay and fight. Most North Island farmers of today would be grateful he did. Together with a small band of Ruakura scientists and a hardy group of like-minded sheep breeders, …