Record season for lambing

RECORD LAMBS: This has been the best lambing season the district has ever experienced in the overall percentage achieved. The Tairawhiti result mirrors the New Zealand result, which has been a record season nationwide. File picture

FARMERS have enjoyed what has turned out to be a record season for lambing in the district with the highest-ever lambing percentage across the region.

The Wairoa-Gisborne-East Coast result ties in with the overall situation round New Zealand, which has also seen a record season.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s ‘Lamb Crop Report’ shows an overall national lambing percentage of 127.2 percent, meaning for every 100 ewes, 127 lambs were born.

The national result was 4.4 percent up on last year and 6.4 percent up on the 10 year average.

“We would certainly support those numbers in our district,” said Peter Andrew from AgFirst in Gisborne.

“It has been a record season here too.

“We have had our highest ever lambing percentage.”

Mr Andrew said it was a little early yet to talk about specific lambing percentage averages district-wide.

“But from all the data we have looked at across our discussion groups it appears the average here is up on normal percentages.

“The Tairawhiti average lambing percentage always tends to be comparable if not bettter than the national average.”

Mr Andrew said more and more farmers in this district have been getting a percentage above 150 percent.

“That sort of number used to be quite rare, but now a lot of the better farmers in the district are getting that sort of result.”

He said survival rates had been really good across the district this year.

“We have generally had a mild lambing season weather-wise right across the district which has helped boost the percentages.”

Mr Andrew said the outcome also reflected the greater ability farmers have now to better manage their stock to produce better lambing results.

“Overall, the lambing result is a really positive story in terms of lamb numbers, and when you consider the current lamb schedule price at around $7, well it’s great news for farmers and the district.

“This is proving to be a very good season for our region’s pastoral farmers.”

Further details from the Beef and Lamb New Zealand report will be in tomorrow’s Focus on the Land.

FARMERS have enjoyed what has turned out to be a record season for lambing in the district with the highest-ever lambing percentage across the region.

The Wairoa-Gisborne-East Coast result ties in with the overall situation round New Zealand, which has also seen a record season.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand’s ‘Lamb Crop Report’ shows an overall national lambing percentage of 127.2 percent, meaning for every 100 ewes, 127 lambs were born.

The national result was 4.4 percent up on last year and 6.4 percent up on the 10 year average.

“We would certainly support those numbers in our district,” said Peter Andrew from AgFirst in Gisborne.

“It has been a record season here too.

“We have had our highest ever lambing percentage.”

Mr Andrew said it was a little early yet to talk about specific lambing percentage averages district-wide.

“But from all the data we have looked at across our discussion groups it appears the average here is up on normal percentages.

“The Tairawhiti average lambing percentage always tends to be comparable if not bettter than the national average.”

Mr Andrew said more and more farmers in this district have been getting a percentage above 150 percent.

“That sort of number used to be quite rare, but now a lot of the better farmers in the district are getting that sort of result.”

He said survival rates had been really good across the district this year.

“We have generally had a mild lambing season weather-wise right across the district which has helped boost the percentages.”

Mr Andrew said the outcome also reflected the greater ability farmers have now to better manage their stock to produce better lambing results.

“Overall, the lambing result is a really positive story in terms of lamb numbers, and when you consider the current lamb schedule price at around $7, well it’s great news for farmers and the district.

“This is proving to be a very good season for our region’s pastoral farmers.”

Further details from the Beef and Lamb New Zealand report will be in tomorrow’s Focus on the Land.

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