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Waikato LMU Dec 2020 Meet Matt Langtry
2 December 2020

Waikato Livestock Market Update: Meet Matt Langtry

Matt Langtry has been appointed North Island Livestock Manager. Matt comes to the role having spent over 11 years with PGG Wrightson. Over this time Matt has held management positions across the business including Regional Manager, Manawatu / Taranaki and more recently Lower North Island Livestock Manager.

Born in the Horowhenua, Matt was then raised on a Sheep and Beef farm at Tora, Coastal Wairarapa. Matt’s secondary schooling was boarding at Wairarapa College in Masterton. After leaving school, he had a stint milking cows before heading across the ditch where he worked on stations in Queensland, the latter was an opportunity provided by the NZ Hereford Association Ambassador program. When Matt returned, he entered the Agri Business world, completed his training with a ‘competitor’ stock and station company before taking on Territory Manager roles with Ecolab and then Tru-Test over the next 16 years, prior to joining PGG Wrightson.

Matts history is agriculture, he understands our people, our business and most importantly our clients. He reports directly to Peter Newbold, General Manager Livestock. 

While Matt has only been in the role a couple of weeks, he has already been out and about catching up with clients and staff, and he intends to ramp this up in the New Year.

‘We all know that the agriculture industry has to keep on ticking over the Festive Season, however, please try and take some time to recharge the batteries and enjoy the company of your family and friends. I look forward to meeting up with you soon, in the meantime I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.’


Matt Langtry

North Island Livestock Manager

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Locals will have noticed that the Masterton Saleyards have not operated since the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020. The lockdown resulted in the cancellation of the weaner fairs and subsequently with no saleyards operating under Alert Levels 4 and 3, the co-owners, PGG Wrightson Limited* (PGW) and Carrfields Livestock Limited (Carrfields), felt it was time to assess the future of this long standing Wairarapa livestock selling centre.

Having considered all the options PGW and Carrfields are pleased to announce that jointly they have agreed to, and the respective Boards have approved, a capital investment to right size and upgrade the Masterton Saleyards.

Peter Newbold, General Manager Livestock for PGW, and Donald Baines, General Manager Livestock for Carrfields, said “this recognises the importance of the selling centre to the farmers in Wairarapa, and we pleased to announce this upgrade.”

The upgrade will include installing a new effluent and storm water system that will meet consent requirements, plus an upgrade of the selling centre rostrum and associated walkways. Given lower overall stock numbers being sold through the saleyards, areas no longer required will be demolished, but there will still be more than enough capacity to meet demands in the foreseeable future.

Work commenced at the saleyards in early December and all things going to plan sheep sales should commence early in the new year.

All media enquiries to:

Peter Newbold, General Manager Livestock, PGG Wrightson Ltd
027 484 5964

Donald Baines, General Manager Livestock, Carrfields
027 328 8781

*All references to PGG Wrightson Limited or the Group refer to the Company, its subsidiaries and interests in associates and jointly controlled entities

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