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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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Over The Farm Gate: Manawatu Angus dispersal offers premium opportunity for breed

Merchiston Angus offering 170 mixed age cattle with genetics established over 66 years A major dispersal sale at Merchiston Angus, north east of Marton, on 28 March will offer approximately 170 mixed age cattle, comprising the entire Merchiston-based cow herd. Merchiston was founded in 1955 on a...

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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile - James Holland

I was always going to be in agriculture Growing up on his parents’ sheep and beef finishing unit in Strath Taieri south of Dunedin, James Holland was never in doubt about the type of work he would go into. “I was always going to be in agriculture. After finishing school in 2016, I went to Massey...

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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile – Andrew Reyland

Sometimes it’s more than buying or selling livestock PGG Wrightson National Dairy Genetics Co-Ordinator Andrew Reyland has always been an animal person. As a third-generation dairy farmer, which he did before shifting to a livestock role, he was in his natural element. Andrew says his father, Basil...

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Over The Farm Gate: North Otago farmer taking advantage of GO-STOCK

Scheme has put 1.8 million lambs and 255,000 cattle onto New Zealand farms since 2016 Peter Dodd farms sheep and trading cattle at Tapui, 30 kilometres west of Oamaru. He is one of many farmers throughout the country who take advantage of Go-Stock, PGG Wrightson’s answer for on-farm cash flow. Go...

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Over The Farm Gate: South Island store lamb and ewe offerings well received

Plenty of feed and favourable outlook keeping livestock market positive Excellent feed conditions and strong demand for livestock characterises the early autumn in most South Island farm districts. Ewe fairs, store lambs and on-farm clearing sales have dominated the calendar recently. Through all...

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Over The Farm Gate: North Island beef weaners meet positive response

Tallies and values solid in early trade at annual fairs When this year’s beef weaner fair season commenced in early March the high number of older cattle still on hand caused concern that demand may not be at usual levels. However, the tallies coming forward and the values have been solid. In the...

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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
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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
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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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Over the Farm Gate
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Over The Farm Gate: Manawatu Angus dispersal offers premium opportunity for breed

Merchiston Angus offering 170 mixed age cattle with genetics established over 66 years A major dispersal sale at Merchiston Angus, north east of Marton, on 28 March will offer approximately 170 mixed age cattle, comprising the entire Merchiston-based cow herd. Merchiston was founded in 1955 on a...

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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile - James Holland

I was always going to be in agriculture Growing up on his parents’ sheep and beef finishing unit in Strath Taieri south of Dunedin, James Holland was never in doubt about the type of work he would go into. “I was always going to be in agriculture. After finishing school in 2016, I went to Massey...

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Over the Farm Gate
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Over The Farm Gate: Staff profile – Andrew Reyland

Sometimes it’s more than buying or selling livestock PGG Wrightson National Dairy Genetics Co-Ordinator Andrew Reyland has always been an animal person. As a third-generation dairy farmer, which he did before shifting to a livestock role, he was in his natural element. Andrew says his father, Basil...

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Over the Farm Gate
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Over The Farm Gate: North Otago farmer taking advantage of GO-STOCK

Scheme has put 1.8 million lambs and 255,000 cattle onto New Zealand farms since 2016 Peter Dodd farms sheep and trading cattle at Tapui, 30 kilometres west of Oamaru. He is one of many farmers throughout the country who take advantage of Go-Stock, PGG Wrightson’s answer for on-farm cash flow. Go...

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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Over The Farm Gate: South Island store lamb and ewe offerings well received

Plenty of feed and favourable outlook keeping livestock market positive Excellent feed conditions and strong demand for livestock characterises the early autumn in most South Island farm districts. Ewe fairs, store lambs and on-farm clearing sales have dominated the calendar recently. Through all...

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Categories
Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Over The Farm Gate: North Island beef weaners meet positive response

Tallies and values solid in early trade at annual fairs When this year’s beef weaner fair season commenced in early March the high number of older cattle still on hand caused concern that demand may not be at usual levels. However, the tallies coming forward and the values have been solid. In the...