Regardless of whether you have been farming for years, are just starting out, or simply are interested in agriculture, PGG Wrightson offers an unsurpassed range of products and services – all aimed at helping grow the country.
Our ability to provide a diverse range of products and services enables us to be one of the major suppliers to the agricultural sector in New Zealand. We can provide farmers with a full service offering complimented with the knowledge and expertise of our people.
We have a range of specialist teams who work with our representatives to provide additional support and expertise to our customers. We also provide access to the latest information on farming practices, industry news and market commentary.
PGG Wrightson has an extensive nationwide network of representatives across our livestock, real estate, water, wool, insurance, arable and horticultural businesses. You can be sure to find a representative near you.
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PGG Wrightson is a New Zealand business listed on the NZ Stock Exchange (NZX:PGW). We have a rich heritage of more than 160 years working alongside New Zealand farmers to service their on-farm needs.
Our business today employs 2,100 people located throughout New Zealand and in key regions within Australia and parts of South America. We also have an agent network for key products which extends into South Africa, North America, Europe and China.
Our vision as a group is to be Leaders in the Field. This means being a trusted partner to our customers and being leaders in all that we do.
Dry weather affects livestock trading
There’s been a slight change in livestock trading patterns because of dry weather across large parts of the country, with reduced feed available, farmers are letting go of their stock, causing a drop in price with supply outstripping demand.
We’re now seeing good progress with farmers getting their heads around how to manage MBovis, along with understanding the risks, which is good for the industry.
H&Safety culture in Rural NZ
With five on farm fatalities so far this year, we need to work hard to change attitudes to improve the Health & Safety culture in the rural industry.
Most of the South Island has plenty of feed, which has helped drive store stock pricing, especially lamb sales.
Store lamb prices have been at a historic high as buyers compete for lambs.
Red and Wapiti stags have been keenly sort after at recent sales which has resulted in record prices. This due to high venison and velvet prices over the last couple of years.
All classes of cattle have been selling well both on farm and through auction. Lifts in the bull schedule over the last two weeks has seen a renewed interest in manufacturing beef.
Since Christmas we are finally seeing increased enquiry and sales in the dairy market. Confidence is building with positive increases in the GDT and in some regions limited real estate activity.
In general herds are ranging in price from $1500 to $1900 with a handful of exceptional herds realising in excess of $2000. As normal there is a disconnect between listing price and sale price – this is expected to correct itself as the season progresses. Remember that traditionally the better herds sell first, so if you are in the market to purchase – act now.
Northern areas have commenced pregnancy testing with early results similar to previous seasons. It will be interesting to see what effect the decision by some farmers to use less or in some cases no tail up bulls has on empty rates.
Most areas are reporting better than average feed conditions, but the recent and forecast increase in temperatures may negatively impact this.
The end of 2018 saw the North Island team in the depths of ram selling season. The favourable season and a strong early lamb and mutton schedule reflected in confidence of ram buyers reinvesting in premium genetics for this year’s lamb drop and going forward. Maternal rams with a genetic tolerance to facial eczema demanded a premium in areas where commercial farmers are on board with recognising these sires as a tool to future proofing their breeding flocks. Further south the season continues, with record prices spread evenly throughout the breeds. With national ewe numbers down 12.45% since 2012, the positive ram sales demonstrate that our commercial farmers are now demanding more performance and production from their selections to make every mating count. Those stud breeders optimising their systems with the use of technology and tools previously unavailable, are being rewarded for their extra vigilance and long may this continue.
Before long we will be back to bull buying and all it entails, but until then, if you require any advice or assistance with your breeding operation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local PGG Wrightson Genetics Specialist.
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Due to losses that occur during the fermentation process, silage as a rule does not maintain the same amount of dry matter and nutrients as fresh crops or pasture. However, using a quality silage inoculant can keep those losses to a minimum, helping make the most of the valuable feed source that is silage when livestock need it most.
Fermentation speed is the key factor in determining just how much dry matter, nutrients and feed energy is lost in the silage stack, and is influenced by the type and number of fermentation bacteria present.
When a silage stack is sealed, anaerobic bacteria multiply and convert sugars to acid, which preserves the silage. Although all crops have a range of bacteria present already, they differ in how efficiently they convert sugar to acid, which can slow down the fermentation process. The best silage is produced when high levels of lactic acid-producing bacteria are present.
Silage inoculants remove the ambiguity of what bacteria is present in the stack. They are applied to the crop at harvest time and provide optimal strains of lactic acid-producing bacteria in ideal numbers to efficiently ferment the pasture or crop.
A high-quality silage has greater dry matter recovery (less shrinkage, spoilage and run-off), palatability (higher feed energy levels) and increased animal performance (more milk or meat per tonne of silage fed).
Pioneer offers five tested and proven products to help improve the silage quality of a variety of crops, with three of these suitable for use on maize:
Pioneer’s Appli-Pro applicator technology means the inoculant is distributed evenly throughout the silage, so you don’t worry about too much or too little inoculant being applied, or what bacteria levels are truly present in the stack or bale.
For more information on inoculants, contact your local PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative.
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