Rural Supplies
21 December 2020

Wool Report 2020 a rough year for the industry

This week The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's Grant Edwards to look at the wool market this month and wrap up the wool report for 2020.

Mackay said it has been a disastrous year for wool growers. Edwards agreed and added that they've had a tough finish for the year.

The formation of the Strong Wool Action Group had been able to aid the industry, with every dollar invested into the group, leveraging NZ$4 out of The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Edwards said.

Mackay asked why wool had been more adversely affected by Covid-19 compared to other primary sectors.

Edwards said a lot of New Zealand wool products ended up in retail stores overseas, and this had been greatly impacted with limited import and export opportunities.

However, there was a bright cloud on the horizon in 2021 as access to the Covid-19 vaccine was expected, Mackay said.

Mackay asked if we got on top of Covid-19 in the next 6-12 months, would there be growth in the wool industry. Edwards acknowledged that the current climate was not sustainable, particularly for stand-alone wool or crossbreed wool.

Edwards remained confident that when the world woke up to how great a product wool was, then there will be a massive turn around in the market.

Mackay wished the market well for 2021.
21 December 2020

PGG Wrightson Livestock County TV Livestock Update 21 December 2020

Jamie Cunningham joins Mark Leishman on Country TV to discuss the latest livestock news and the state of the dairy sector.

Masterton Saleyard Entrance
14 December 2020

Masterton Saleyards Upgrade

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
11 December 2020

Property Report: The rural market boom

The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's General Manager for Rural Real Estate Peter Newbold to take a look at the rural property market this month.

Good news for the New Zealand rural real estate industry as Newbold explains that the past few months have been exceptional for sellers.

Newbold talks about corporate investors and groups of individuals from metro areas wanting a safe space to invest. The movement of people from metropolitan areas to provincial New Zealand doesn't look like it will slow down.

Mackay brings up two defining dynamics of the market: the increased interest from people living in cities looking at lifestyle blocks, and the success of horticulture based properties.

Newbold adds that the horticulture industry is fascinating as there is not enough stock and farmers have been holding onto land, and the returns on stock have been really good.

Mackay queries the backbone of New Zealand agriculture with dark clouds looming over the sheep and wool industry. Newbold assures Mackay that there is still interest in the sector.
4 December 2020

PGG Wrightson Livestock County TV Livestock Update 4 December 2020

Callum Stewart, PGG Wrightson's National Genetics Manager, joins Mark Leishman on Country TV with an update on current market trends for genetics and livestock.
4 December 2020

The PGG Wrightson Livestock Report 4 Dec 2020

Listen now as The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's National Velvet Manager, Tony Cochrane, to talk about New Zealand's livestock market.
Cochrane talks about how farmers are faring on the Banks Peninsula with changeable weather impacting crop growth. Mackay notes that most of the North Island has dodged a bullet with wet weather delaying summer droughts.
Mackay discusses the deer industry with the woes with venison meat being exported to the high end food industry. Cochrane agrees and adds that it's up to velvet to help with the market.
Mackay stresses that venison is a wonderful product and urges people to try it.
Cochrane highlights the specialized operation of velvet. Korea is our main export for this product and more of it is ending up in China which has driven the growth of the velvet market.
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

30 November 2020

Wool report: Harvest costs impacting farmers

This week The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's Grant Edwards to look at the wool market this month.

Edwards talks about the downward slump the market is currently experiencing, and how a shift in our currency has influenced all exports and farmers' harvest costs.

Mackay exemplifies the situation with a Southland farmer's shearing costs coming to around $7,000 NZD and his net cost of wool product coming to around $3,500 NZD, and goes on to say that the current prices are not sustainable.

Mackay brings up the issue of the Wiltshire self-shedding sheep breed, and how it could affect the wool industry.

Edward notes that this is a possibility, but sheep are duel products as they are a source of meat as well as wool, and it would take a long time to create a sustainable process for farming.
24 November 2020

bidr® Launch of Saleyard Auction Livestreaming

bidr® continues its commitment to offering buyers and sellers of livestock a seamless online experience whether they are bidding at an on-farm or saleyard auction.

bidr® recently introduced its on-farm hybrid livestream auctions for on-farm/auctioneer sales which fully integrate on-farm sales with bidr®’s online trading platform. On-farm hybrid livestream auctions allow those who want to retain their traditional on-farm/auctioneer sale to reach buyers from across the country and enable farmers in remote locations to bid for stock alongside those physically at on-farm sales.

bidr® will now expand its livestock trading platform with the launch of livestreaming auctions at saleyards, to be offered to saleyards from March 2021.

Tania Smith, General Manager - bidr, is excited to bring livestreaming of saleyard auctions to the market. “Our livestreaming of saleyard auctions offering will build on the success of bidr®’s on-farm hybrid auctions which have been very well embraced by the livestock genetics community and increasingly being utilised for a variety of on-farm sales from commercial cattle sales to ram and stag sales. We have had some highly successful on-farm hybrid sales, with more than 40% of some catalogues attracting online bids and then selling up to 15% of those catalogues online.”

Since launch in June 2019, bidr® has grown to eight Accredited Agencies, and has hosted more than 220 online auctions, with approximately one-third in the on-farm hybrid livestream format.

Peter Newbold, PGW General Manager Livestock and Real Estate, said “The introduction of livestreaming saleyard auctions is a significant enhancement to bidr®’s offering. It increases the visibility of saleyard auctions and expands the pool of buyers as farmers can buy and sell beyond their traditional geographical localities, giving them more market access, more knowledge, and more choice. The traditional saleyard environment that will be available as a livestream auction will provide farmers new to online auctions with the comfort of a familiar environment.”

*bidr® is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGG Wrightson Limited

Learn more at
Ahuwhenua Blog post
24 November 2020

Ahuwhenua Trophy 2020 Winner Announced

The winner of the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020 is Te Kaha 15B Hineora Orchard. Hineora Orchard is a Māori freehold land block located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty township of Te Kaha, 65km east of Ōpōtiki. 

The announcement was made on Friday 20th November 2020 by Her Excellency, the Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy at a special awards function in Rotorua attended by 750 people including the Minister for Māori Development and Minister of Agriculture, other politicians and dignitaries, agribusiness leaders and whānau. 

The two other finalists were Otama Marere in Paengaroa near the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke, who grow a mixture of Green, SunGold and organic kiwifruit as well as avocados, and Ngāi Tukairangi Trust which is very large kiwifruit operation with one of its orchards based at Matapihi, just a few kilometres from the centre of Tauranga city. 

The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy presented the Ahuwhenua Trophy to Norm Carter, the Chairman of Hineroa Orchard, while Ahuwhenua Trustees the Hon Willie Jackson, Hon Damien O’Connor and Dave Samuels presented the replica trophy, as well as winners medal, historic certificate and cash prize to the Trust. 

Te Kaha 15B, Hineora Orchard comprises of 11.5 hectares, on which the Trust runs a kiwifruit joint venture operation, a commercial pack-house facility housing the local kiwifruit spray company (in which the Trust holds shares), and a four bedroom home for accommodation at the block. Prior to the Trust’s creation in 1970, the land was largely occupied by different whānau who farmed the block maintaining a subsistence living growing a range of fruit and vegetables for the local community. 

Kingi Smiler, the Chairman of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Management Committee says Te Kaha 15 B Hineora Orchard was a worthy winner of the trophy. He says the Trustees have shown great vision, persistence and resilience to establish their operation and to achieve some impressive results. He says their operation, like the other finalists, is something that must make their whānau feel proud of their efforts. 

Kingi says this is the first time in the 87 year history of the competition that the trophy has been open to Māori horticulturalists and says this is not before time. He says Māori are significant players in the horticultural sector and we must recognise their contribution to the New Zealand economy.

Kingi also praised the other finalists, Otama Marere and Ngāi Tukairangi Trust saying the standards of their operations are among the best in the New Zealand horticultural sector. 

“All three finalists have helped set a benchmark for future entrants in this competition which will be hard to eclipse. What makes it more impressive is the fact that they done this in one of the most difficult times in the history of the country when uncertainty is a way of life. I am proud, Māori should be proud and the whole country should acknowledge their efforts,” he says. 

More details about Te Kaha 15B, Hineora Orchard 

The whenua falls within the tribal rohe of Te Whānau-a-Apanui, and more specifically, is associated with Te Whānau a Te Ehutu hapū. Later a citrus orchard was established, however, given the small land area, this also failed to provide a sustainable economic return for its owners. By 1998 the Trustees recognised that they were asset rich but lacked sufficient capital to develop their land. Fortunately, at the same time, a group of Eastern Bay of Plenty orchardists were seeking opportunities for development of the (then) new Gold variety of kiwifruit and were prepared to enter into 50/50 joint ventures with Trusts, effectively providing capital investment to the value of the land contributed for development by landowners. 

The Hineora Orchard operation began in 1999 and was the last of six blocks to join the innovative joint venture development with decisions made, and profits shared, on a 50/50 basis with investors for a period of 20 years. Originally intended to end in 2021, the joint venture has managed the current orchard operation through the highs of the returns from the original Gold variety, to the lows of the PSA vine disease which devastated large parts of the kiwifruit industry. The land, and its orchard operation, is now due to be returned to 100% ownership by the trust in 2023. As a result of this 20 year journey, the Trustees, who have each served over 15 years on the Trust, now jointly manage an 8.13 hectare orchard operation of G3 SunGold kiwifruit, producing just over 133,000 trays annually. They work closely with their contracted Orchard Manager, and local cool-storage company OPAC.  

Along with the other five joint venture blocks, they have formed a subsidiary spray company, Te Kaha Gold Sprayers who employ locals to work on OPAC orchards in the area. Significant investment from the six blocks has enabled the company to extend its operations across the Te Kaha and Omaio areas, and they now employ over 20 staff, many of whom are whānau.  

The Trust was also influential in the establishment of Te Whānau-a-Apanui Fruitgrowers Incorporated – a charitable community education outreach group, responsible for upskilling 60 local workers to level 4 qualifications in Horticulture as well as supporting locals to build to Diploma level courses. Whilst the Trust does not have any historic sites on its land, it continues to have a strong commitment to sustainability and offers annual kaumatua grants to shareholders as well as tangi, health, education, sporting, culture and travel grants. Te Kaha 15B is another example of Māori having the vision, and courage, to embrace a new model of working, taking hold of their destiny and developing their land to its potential for future generations. 

Hineora Orchard Te Kaha 15B Key Contact: Norman Carter, 027 280 9452,  

A brief History of Ahuwhenua 

The Ahuwhenua Trophy is the most prestigious award for excellence in Māori farming and horticulture and was inaugurated 87 years ago by the visionary Māori leader, Sir Apirana Ngata and the Governor General at the time, Lord Bledisloe. The objective was, and still is, to encourage Māori farmers to improve their land and their overall farming position with an emphasis on sustainability. On a three year rotational basis, the Trophy is competed for by Māori in the sheep and beef, horticulture and dairy sectors. In 2021 the competition will be for dairy. 

Media can call Peter Burke 021 2242184  Photographs are free for use in relation to the competition. Visit or contact John Cowpland, Alphapix: 027 253 3464 /

Additional information about the competition is on the Ahuwhenua website

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