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About Deep South Sheep and Beef

Farming sheep and beef in the deep south of New Zealand. Weekly updates of what's happening on farm from Ben Dooley.


New Zealand: How we condition score ewes before they meet the rams

NZ sheep farmer, Ben Dooley, condition scores his ewes about 6 weeks before the ram goes out. The aim is…


Part 2, ‘pugging’ – Ben battles farm regs in New Zealand

A look into the rules that state we now require consent to winter our stock.


NZ sheep farmer, Ben Dooley, battles with new water regs

Ben says…”A look into New Zealand’s ridiculous new fresh water regulations. Today, we look at the 10° average slope rule.”…


Ben’s week on farm in NZ: Swedes, sheep and a loader tractor

Ben takes us for a look at the ewes on the winter crop again, now that the TM is FINALLY…


Feeding the sheep downhill: Ben battles council rules in NZ

New Zealand sheep farmer Ben Dooley explains why a controversial regulation is causing problems as he tries to feed his…


All about the swede – moving the sheep in New Zealand

Winter mode is well under way here in New Zealand and all the sheep are going onto swedes. Amazing weather,…


Sheep, dogs and eels – a week on Ben’s NZ farm

New Zealand farmer Ben shares his week rounding up the sheep with his dogs, finding an eel, and rescuing yet…


Beef and sheep farmer, Ben, gets ready for winter in New Zealand

Another week on the farm as we get ready for winter here in New Zealand.. Belly crutching done, lambs all…