Category Archives: Wool

The big picture with sheep

The sheep-farming retreat will continue despite excellent meat prices, with carbon farming the mega-force. In recent months, I have written four articles focusing on the sheep and beef industries across New Zealand. My main focus has been to identify the … Continue reading

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Sheep remain dominant on South Island hill and high country

In previous articles, I first described the North Island’s 4000 commercial hill-country farms (Beef+Lamb Classes 3 and 4). Subsequently, I wrote about the approximately 4400 intensive sheep and beef farms that are spread across both North and South Islands (Beef+Lamb … Continue reading

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Intensive sheep and beef provide cash but wealth depends on capital gain

Intensive sheep farms have been squeezed by dairy and are now drifting to beef with wool right out of the money  This is the third article in a series investigating New Zealand’s pastoral sheep and beef farms. The first one … Continue reading

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Sheep and beef farms are getting squeezed

The sheep and beef industry is getting squeezed from all sides, yet export returns exceed $7 billion. I decided recently that it was time to take a closer look at what is happening on sheep and beef farms. The underlying … Continue reading

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Can strong wool find a new El Dorado?

There are opportunities for strong wool based on quality and sustainability but it needs action plus applied R&D rather than more reports There was a time when strong wool was used widely for garments. That included woollen underwear, woollen shirts, … Continue reading

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