Rural Supplies
29 May 2020

Wool market slow to bounce back

PGG Wrightson GM for wool, Grant Edwards joins The Country's Jamie Mackay to look at how the wool market is faring this month, post New Zealand's Covid-19 lockdown.

Mackay said the wool market was in real trouble as it was down 25 per cent from where it was in late February and early March. Two recent auctions saw full length crossbred fleece least affected and strong lamb's wool suffering the most, taking a 35-40 per cent hit.

New Zealand was not alone, as Australian wool prices had also taken a hit and fine wool prices had halved since September 2019, said Mackay.

For some historic perspective Mackay spoke of 1968 where he would get NZD $5 at auction for strong wool, and that same wool today was estimated to get NZD $1.70 a kilo.

Edwards talked about how Covid-19 had impacted the supply chain as New Zealand wool ends up in end-garments, carpets and upholstery throughout Europe and USA and key end-user markets, which had been shut down and were only now starting to open again.

Edwards believed there would be a bounce-back after Covid-19 and when trade started to resume. It was going to come down to timing of when and where.

Edwards was convinced that the long term outcome for wool was very positive because of wool's sustainability and environmentally friendly properties, especially with the younger generation being more conscious of their product consumption and usage.

For more Information on New Zealand's Covid19 response and Alert Levels please visit covid19.govt.nz/

Wool News Angus Moore
29 May 2020

Wool News: Shear it all

Put any type of sheep in front of shearer Angus Moore and he won’t be fazed.

The 35-year-old Marlborough shearer and shearing contractor talks more like a sheep breeder, with an appreciation of wool genetics and sheep structure, that shows his farming genealogy.

His technique of elegantly removing a fleece; fine wool, second shear or strong wool, up against the clock, was shown to be the best in New Zealand. Moore won the prestigious Multi Breeds Shearing section of the PGG Wrightson Wool National Shearing Circuit, held at the 2020 Golden Shears event.

Moore has won the right to represent NZ at the Trans-Tasman Shearing Competition. He also has the use of a Hyundai Santa Fe for a year. One of the first jobs for the seven-seater after the Covid Pandemic lockdown will be delivering two of Angus and Ratapu’s six children to Seddon School. The couple welcomed another baby in May.
Angus Moore PGG Wrightson Wool News

Despite a busy family life and a shearing run from the Clarence River to the Marlborough Sounds, and St Arnaud, Angus accumulated enough points through the Summer Show circuit to qualify for the final at Golden Shears.

“I couldn’t make all five qualifiers so aimed to qualify by shearing Merino wethers at Alexandra, Corriedales at the Christchurch Show, and second-shear Romneys at Paihatua.”

Moore made it through to the semi-final as number ten of twelve shearers. Here they shore three sheep of each type, in a very technical competition.

“It was a really great event, shearing in front of four thousand people plus thousands watching online.”

“I tried to shear the three Merinos and three Corriedales well, using my experience there, as we are used to shearing more fine and mid-micron sheep in Marlborough, compared to crossbreds, especially second-shear in other parts of the country.”

“Other boys were probably faster than me.”

Moore also won the competition in 2012. From Marlborough farming stock, Angus built up shearing skills at home then around NZ on the job. Hugely humble, he credits his success to support from his wife and particular help from competition shearers Sam and Emily Welch, Dion Morrell, Chris Jones and Paul Paikea, his wife’s uncle.

“There are so many people whom I have learnt from.”

The Moore’s shearing gang is a family affair and very supportive.

“My brother in law is one of our main shearers in our gang and is awesome, and two of Ratapu’s sisters continue to help when they can.”

“The whole gang gets along very well, and is always keen to do a good job for us and our farmers.”

“Competitions give me something more to aim at in terms of professional development, to be better than I was yesterday.”

“It puts you among people who are really passionate about wool and the industry.”

Angus and Ratapu purchased their first run from Joe Douglas in 2016, then added another a year later. About 15% of the run are Merinos, 60% Corriedales or halfbreds and 25% stronger wool sheep.

He said he is very blessed with the farmers he shears for.

“They are keen to work together and take pride in what they do with their wool.”

He closely follows the changes in the genetics of flocks and will be interested to see how the trend to reduce micron plays out. He rates the Saxon-based Isolation merino flock of Rob and Sally Peter, Marlborough, as something really special, with their clip weights and style. Their composites produce a fat lamb, so they have both ends of the spectrum covered.

“The Glen Orkney flock of the Harvey family is a dream to shear with good body frames and super wool weights of six to seven kilograms, with length.”

He has noticed some mid-micron flocks moving about two microns finer and is interested to see how the breeders of mid-micron will improve their genetics.

“A challenge is getting the trend of the Romney/Merino cross right, as there is a high potential of colour in the fleece.”

“If they can crack the wool bit, the structure, carcass and feet will be improved.”

He also noted the work Corriedale breeders are doing in this area.

Dave Carr, Chairman of the PGG Wrightson Wool National Shearing Circuit, rates the Multi Breeds Competition as the pinnacle of NZ shearing.

“For a shearer to get up on the board faced with five different types of wool, under the pressure of judges, time and the other competitors, makes for a truly unique event.”

Carr praised Moore’s dedication to his whanau and industry.

“Angus and Ratapu have built up a shearing run in Marlborough, based on the professional attitudes they have both learned along the way.”

The competition has run for 48 years, with PGG Wrightson Wool sponsoring the National Shearing Circuit for 18 years.
Angus Moore PGG Wrightson Wool News

 

Written by Joanna Grigg
Supplied by Country Wide
Photo by Pete Nikolaison

29 May 2020

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Wool News Ina
29 May 2020

Ina brings a practical approach to running the company’s wool stores

When Ina Nukutai first came to you Zealand in 1980 he was a schoolboy aiming to finish his education at Napier Boys High.

Born and raised in Rarotonga, Ina soon found that his ability on the rugby field, where he played at number eight, was a good way to make friends and fit in.

“I was selected for the First XV and we toured Wales in 1981/82, winning all five of our games. I found respect as a player, which helped me to establish myself in New Zealand, and motivated me to take rugby more seriously,” he says.

After finishing school he moved to Wellington, sticking with rugby at the same time as taking up a building apprenticeship. Following a return to Hawke’s Bay, while waiting for the right construction job to come up in 1987, he decided to fill in time by working as a casual in the wool store at what was then Wrightsons. Fast forward 33 years and Ina is still there, now as PGG Wrightson Wool National Logistics Manager, a job he has held since 2011.

“I found that I really enjoyed Wrightsons’ history, culture, and the people. That spirit has endured through several mergers down the years, and I’ve stayed ever since,” he says.

With responsibility for the company’s wool stores in Invercargill, Mosgiel and Christchurch, as well as home base in Napier, Ina oversees approximately 40 staff, and at any one time will have upwards of 200,000 bales of wool in his charge, co-ordinating its movement into, out of and between the stores.

“Over the last few weeks, with Covid going on, storage has been a big challenge. If the wool isn’t sold out of our stores while more wool is still coming in from shearing, we can quickly run into problems and need to find new options and extra storage space. We need overseas markets to re-open,” he says.

Ina has a hands-on style with work and prefers to actively make the most of his experience of the operation, rather than spending his days in front of a screen.

“I make sure I help the rest of the team whenever necessary, especially when numbers are short, whether that is doing data entry, covering for people on holiday, or loading out incoming wool,” he says.

His rugby career on the paddock, which included representing Wellington at colts and Hawke’s Bay at colts and senior levels, was cut short by injury. However, Ina has continued his involvement in the game, and is a stalwart of Taradale RFC, where he has played and coached the Maroons, winning three premierships, one as a player and two as coach. In addition, he has coached colts sides, served as club captain and president and is now a life member of the club.

Family also plays a big part in his life. Ina’s daughter Amy recently started working for PGG Wrightson in the Porirua retail store. Ina and wife Fiona spend time regularly back in Rarotonga, where they have built a holiday home, while his two nephews Karika and Roimata both live with Ina, having followed the same path as their uncle from Rarotonga to Napier to finish their education.

Although crossbred wool is going through tough times, Ina reckons it will come through.

“When you look at how Merino is going, we can take a lesson out of that. People need to understand that our wool is the best in the world. If we can access the end users, making sure they realise the quality of wool, and its natural characteristics, the future of our fibre is good,” he says.

22 May 2020

Positivity from the primary sector and successful real estate sales

GM for Rural Real Estate Peter Newbold joins The Country's Jamie Mackay as he journeys out of the home office for the first time since the lockdown.

Mackay comments on some positivity in the primary sector, and mentions a previous conversation with Todd Muller that highlights the movement of people at work in the horticulture and viticulture sector and how they returned to work without an appearance from Covid-19.

Newbold agrees and notes that the only sector that may call for some concern is in the Hawke's Bay and areas that were hit but the drought earlier this year.

General farming real estate continues to maintain good interest, particularly sheep and beef.

Newbold highlights this could be due to quality, capacity and works ability. Newbold adds that there has been an increase in enquires since the lock down and not all of them are from locals or corporates.

Mackay moves on to the PGG Wrightson Real Estate's Property of the Week.

Mackay said the purchase of this farm was a good example of the kind of properties that have been selling well recently.

Newbold agrees and highlights that if the property infrastructure is good and the marketing is done well then the property will sell.

Mackay wraps up by touching on the dairy farming and low levels of interest in dairy properties. Newbold emphasises looking at the yield piece rather than the capital gains.

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19 May 2020

Livestock and alert level 2

The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's GM for Livestock Peter Moore, to chat about livestock in regards to New Zealand's move to alert level 2.

Some sales yards did open yesterday, with smaller volumes of people through than expected. Next week will be more indicative of how much stock will come out, said Moore.

PGG Wrightson had introduced rules in line with Alert Level 2 said Moore.

The big challenge was the restriction of the number of people at auctions and social/ physical distancing that must take place.

At this stage there was to be no more than 100 people at the auctions, (excluding employees), and people needed to maintain a minimum of one meter social distance.

PGG Wrightson's number one priority was to protect their people and to protect the clients, said Moore.

PGG Wrightson's online auction system Bidr was progressing during the lockdown, said Mackay.

There had been mixed auction results, said Moore, who noted that people were still familiarising with the new technology.

Mackay wondered if previous space issues at processing plants would continue to be an issue.

Moore said this was lightening up about and there had been a real focus on processing boner cows and bull beef because there was currently a good market for it.
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