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Shearers unplugged

In most New Zealand woolsheds the click of the shears has given way to the whine of electric handpiece. But there are still places where the traditional life of the blade-shearing gang continues. Hard work and honed steel are the hallmarks of a job which has changed little in centuries.

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ISSUE 062

Mar - Apr 2003

Milk

Snares

Blade shearing

South African War

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Milk – more than a drink

Milk has long been a favourite with Kiwi kids and their parents. But it represents more than just good health and strong bones. The dairy industry in the country's largest, accounting for 20 per cent of export income, and New Zealand dairy products make up almost a third of the global dairy trade. Whereas butterfat was once the most valuable component of milk with the skim milk going to the pigs, now the emphasis is on milk proteins. Using ever more sophisticated methods, dairy processors seek to extract every last drop of value from the nation's cows.

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