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16 April 2021

Livestock Market Update: Go-Stock adding value on farm

Bideford, Wairarapa farmer Dion Kilmister uses Go-Stock to accelerate business growth

Go-Stock is a PGG Wrightson initiative that has put 1.2 million lambs and 200,000 cattle on farms throughout New Zealand over the past five years.

PGG Wrightson buys the stock and retains ownership, meaning no initial cash outlay for farmers. Farmers then graze and grow the stock before deciding, in conjunction with us, when and where PGG Wrightson will sell them. PGG Wrightson pays any resulting positive trading margin to the farmer, less our fees and selling costs.

Go Stock operates for sheep, cattle, and was recently extended to deer.

Dion Kilmister of Bideford, Wairarapa, has used Go-Stock to accelerate growth and add value to his business:

“On our home farm we run around 10,000 stock units, breeding and finishing beef, though have branched out to more farms around the lower North Island, and have 27,000 stock units overall.

“You need to have more than one tool in your toolbox: you can’t fix a fence just with a fence strainer. Go-Stock really adds value to our business, and has come into play with quite a proportion of our stock. It really works in those times when cash flow is pinched.

“Cattle is a big outlay. Buying 200 or 300 cattle at a time is a lot of money to come up with, sometimes at inconvenient times of the year. Go-Stock works really well. We work on a buyer price margin, then trade back out to the PGG Wrightson scheme. We have used the programme for lambs as well. At our peak on the home farm we have had 700 cattle and around 3000 lambs on Go-Stock.

“We bought a dairy farm two years ago and used all our equity to buy the land. We were able to take on 600 Go-Stock cattle to stock that farm, and have just done another deal on a neighbouring farm that we will use Go-Stock for as well.

“It’s been a real positive for our business: a big part of our growth. I highly recommend it.”

For more information about Go-Stock click here,

or to speak to your local PGG Wrightson livestock representative click here.

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Livestock Market Update: Two-year old Hereford bulls in spotlight at National Seed Stock Sale

16 April 2021

Bulls to sell via a Helmsman auction, livestreamed on bidr® and onsite in Palmerston North

This year’s NZ Herefords National Seed Stock Sale, on Tuesday 11 May at the Orlando Country Club, Palmerston North, will be the highlight of a two-day event including an education day, breed dinner and AGM, all leading up to a champagne breakfast incorporating the 2021 sale.

After the 2020 sale was cancelled due to COVID and the lockdown, 12 months later confidence is back, particularly with bidr® gaining traction and giving livestock auctions much greater reach into a nationwide online gallery of buyers. With the new emphasis on technology, this event is set to showcase and celebrate Herefords like never before.

The sale will be run under a Helmsman format. Simultaneously broadcasting from the venue on the bidr® platform, where the sale proceedings and the Helmsman auction board will be livestreamed.

As a Helmsman auction, online bidding will not be available, though anyone not present at the sale will be able to contact a representative of the PGG Wrightson genetics team at the Orlando Country Club and have them place a ‘on behalf’ bid.

Up to 24 lots will be offered at the sale, which will comprise some of New Zealand’s finest two-year old Hereford bulls, chosen by a competitive process comparing key genetic characteristics. Those selected for inclusion in the sale will be announced at the champagne breakfast, and available to view by video. Trophies will be presented to the vendor of the Champion bull and the High Selling bull. Vendors of the three top priced bulls will receive automatic entry for a bull at next year’s sale.

Registration for the sale opens on Monday 3 May.

Click here to view the sale on bidr®

Please contact for more information:
Jan Turner
021 362 060

or speak with your local PGG Wrightson Genetics Representative.

Roundup - Country TV | May 2021

07 May 2021
Peter Barnes joins Mark Leishman on Country TV to chat about recent sales and the situation in the Marlborough region.

Livestock Report on The Country 13 May 2021

13 May 2021

Listen now as The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's Marlborough livestock manager Pete Barnes, to provide an update on the livestock selling season.

Mackay said recent dry weather conditions would be impacting livestock. Barnes agreed, but noted that the recent rains should help ease any issues.

Mackay and Barnes then discussed vineyard grazing in Marlborough, where sheep roamed the vineyards to consume the grass, post grape harvest.

Barnes added that farms had a good relationship with vineyard owners and the process complemented both industries.

The calf selling season was rounding up. Barnes noted that the average per kilo prices were 4 cents on average across recent sales.

Bull selling season was coming up next, with sales in Marlborough starting on May 28, followed by the June selling programme.

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