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2 February 2021

Talking GO-STOCK With Matt Thomas

Matt Thomas farms 230 hectares out of South Wairarapa and started using both Go-Beef and Go-Lamb five years ago. It's been a perfect fit since.

 

For Matt GO-STOCK works beautifully and takes the financial pressure away from some of the decision making throughout the year.

 

GO-STOCK from PGG Wrightson provides sheep and beef farmers a straightforward way to stock their farms with no initial cash outlay for livestock.

 

Find out more about GO-STOCK here > 

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Wool report: Optimism needed for the wool market

01 February 2021
This week The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's Wool Procurement Manager, Rob Cochrane, to look at the wool market this month.

The market was still going through difficult times. Mackay said it was not good with one of his friends, who was selling ewe fleece for $2.10 NZD per kilo in mid-January.

Cochrane agreed, but said that the market had remained stable, had not dropped, and that the quality of wool still dictated the price.

Mackay questioned this optimism, but Cochrane stuck to his guns, saying at the end of the day, as long as wool was being traded, sold, or exported there was a market for it.

Cochrane added that we have to be there when the market changes, and in the mean time we need to get it right.

Mackay believed one of the issues facing the wool industry was the potential growth and interest in self-shedding crossbreed sheep.

Cochrane was unsure about this, but noted that the UK was seeing similar issues, and placing blame on New Zealand's oversupply of the wool carpet market.

Cochrane added that if farmers were moving to self-shedding sheep then they were taking the risk of putting all of their eggs in one basket.

Talking GO-STOCK With The Haywards

09 February 2021

Susan and Roger Hayward farm 900 hectares of hill country, running 10,000 stock units.

 

They recommend Go-Lamb after being introduced to it by their PGG Wrightson livestock agent. As the Haywards supply lambs weekly, Go-Lamb is a game changer allowing them to stock more lambs as lambs are sold.

 

GO-STOCK from PGG Wrightson provides sheep and beef farmers a straightforward way to stock their farms with no initial cash outlay for livestock.

 

Find out more about GO-STOCK here > 

Wool News: Wool Experiment Teaching Lifelong Lessons

10 February 2021

School students in a small Central Otago town are learning first-hand about some of the environmental benefits of wool compared to synthetic fibre, which is easier to describe as plastic fibre in today’s world.

Thanks to a challenge put to St Johns School, Ranfurly in 2018 by PGG Wrightson Wool representative Graeme Bell whilst he was there assisting with the educational resource known as “The Wool Shed”, he laid down the challenge to the school to bury two jerseys as an experiment, one jersey being 100% wool, the second being a typical synthetic polar fleece school jersey. The experiment was to see what they would look like once they were dug up 2 years later.

In December 2020 at the schools year 8 graduation day, the same students dug up the two items and the wool jersey whilst had not disintegrated yet it was clear for all to see that the biodegradation process had begun.

Unsurprisingly, the polar fleece was unaffected by 2 years in the ground. “The cotton school logo had gone, but apart from that you could give it a good shake and a wash and it would be good to wear again” says Graeme.

The kids are witnessing first-hand the natural biodegradable properties of wool and cotton fibres.

Graeme’s idea for the challenge was brought about by a similar exercise performed by HRH Prince of Wales who is the global patron for the Campaign for Wool. Prince Charles has buried several jerseys over the years to help promote some of the benefits of wool and you can read more about his activities here.

St Johns School teacher, Geraldine Duncan said that performing this experiment was a great idea and had created a great level of interest from the children. “We hope that the seed it has planted in their young minds will help their environmental consciousness as they grow into responsible young men and women. We are aiming to dig the jerseys up again at the end of 2021” said Geraldine.

The portable “Wool Shed” is part of the Wool in Schools programme promoted by the “Campaign for Wool” and proudly sponsored by PGG Wrightson Wool. Schools can book the container free of charge.

Learn more about the benefits of wool here.

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