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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.

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.


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

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.

Property of the Week – Ruapuna: Productive Dry Land With Reliable Rainfall - SOLD

(SOLD) The property has cattle yards, numerous sheds, concrete floor fertiliser shed, plus 440T silo capacity for grain storage. New all-weather farm access track laid in January 2020.

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.
15 May 2020

Livestock Roundup 15 March 2020

PGG Wrightson Livestock General Manager Peter Moore joins Mark Leishman on Country TV for the livestock RoundUp to discuss the move into Level 2 with the Saleyards reopening and bidr, the on-line selling platform for livestock transactions.
14 May 2020

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Update

PGG Wrightson will continue to do our bit to 'play it safe' at Alert Level 2. This means some restrictions need to be in place and measures followed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The safety of our teams, customers and communities remains a top priority.

Here are just some of the ways you can interact with us, as our regional and real estate offices, saleyards, retail, water and wool stores operate under Alert Level 2.

  • 1 metre physical distancing is required between people.
  • Customers will be required to complete contact tracing forms at each site.
  • Some saleyards will have restrictions to keep below 100 people on site.
  • Saturday trading will resume at our retail stores from 23 May.
  • Our Reps can travel between regions to deliver on-farm services
  • On-farm services can be conducted face to face maintaining 1 metre physical distancing.

View our Alert Level 2 quick guides to learn more.

We know many farmers and growers across the country continue to operate under challenging circumstances. If you have an questions around how we can help support you and your business, please reach out to us.



View the Alert Level 2 Guides
Bull Sales
8 May 2020

Livestock Market Update May

Bull Sales

Callum Stewart - Livestock Genetics Specialist

Bull Sales 2020

Our Bull selling season is about to kick off from the 13th May at 1pm.

With the very first of our Auctions being held online @, check out the auction here. The catalogue is also available online here.

The very first sale up is our PGG Wrightson Online Angus bull sale, with 15 very impressive Bulls on offer. They have been run together at the Allflex BEU in Manawatu since late November 2019. This line up would have to be the best bulls we have seen as a group from across NZ. This is in the eye of the beholder - but you can appreciate good breeding when you know it.

Our online sale will also be live streamed on bidr® from 12.40pm and will have a running commentary before and during the auction. We will be discussing the Bulls breeding attributes and other attributes of interest. This is a new concept for bidr® but a vital change to hear and see the auctioneer as you would at an on-farm auction.

Our campaign of selling bulls consists of supporting all breeds. This year given the challenges we face, our clients' sales will be a mix of private treaty, bidr® online aucitons and potentially on-farm auctions depending on Government restrictions and levels. We intend to support them with their choice and one thing for sure is the commercial client’s still need Bull power on any market and require getting the cows in calf for future progeny. “When New Zealand wins, we all win”.

We look forward to updating you with progress on sales and you can follow us online here and on Facebook here to see what’s happening in this fast paced changing world.



Jamie Cunninghame - National Dairy Sales Manager 

With May upon us now, the dairy teams are very busy with heifer deliveries and herd inspections along with final selections as gypsy day is fast approaching.

As we move through the Covid-19 situation we have been challenged by the traditional ways that we conduct our Dairy Livestock business which on a normal year is very busy with clearing sales, a mix of on-farm and combined vendor sales at the yards.

Due to the restrictions that we have had to work within, our team has been required to adapt and think outside the square with trading livestock over the past 6-8 week period, something that the team have done very well in a challenging environment.

The highlight over the last week has been the bidr® on-line dispersal sale of the Carnmor Jersey Stud – Richard and Pauline Adam and family from Te Awamutu. The stud was founded in 1964 and without doubt is regarded as one of the very best Jersey herds in the country. The sale was conducted over a 4-day period on bidr® with a huge amount of interest from right across the country.

Over the 4 days

  • M/A Cows were sold with an average price of $3,196
  • In Calf Heifers were sold with an average price of $3,180 and a top price of $22,200 for Carnmor Stars Trixie
  • 209 lots sold with an average of $3,189.

The Adam family were very happy with the result and the bidr® platform. They have given us along with bidr® the opportunity to sell their Rising 1yr Heifers on the 22nd May, which i’m sure will be another sale that will create a lot of interest.

This sale was conducted in conjunction with Brian Robinson with Andrew Reyland leading the charge for PGG Wrightson. Well done to everyone who was involved in this sale and a big thanks to the very committed, professional team at bidr® for all their efforts.

Let’s hope for a kind month of weather to enable the country to get into a good feed position before the winter sets in.


North Island Sheep and Beef

Matt Macfie - National Livestock Sales Manager 

What a 6 weeks this has been! Nationwide lockdown, drought, lack of feed, lack of kill space and sale yards closed all at the same time. We have all been adapting as we need to and showing immense patience also. As a rural community we have all contributed to the great national response to Covid-19 and as I write this today lets hope the government believe that it is safe enough to move alert levels and we can reopen sale yards and begin to work in our new normal world. As a company we will be ready to go as soon as we have the green light. There will be new protocols to follow and this will have some impact on how we can operate but at the end of the day we can get back to live auction selling.

Online selling via bidr® has seen some great success with regular auctions and some good clearance rates. There has also been some less than successful auctions but I am pleased to see both agents and the bidr® registrations continuing to come back and keep trying. Moving forward this platform will be a valuable tool to have to add to our string of solutions for all our clients. An example of where bidr® really comes into its own was last week during one sale we had bids from Whangarei to Winton! That’s a reach you cannot get anywhere else!.

As we move forward it has been great to see some moisture in the air for our Northland farmers who have been stuck in the dry for months. Now the parched Hawkes Bay and east coast regions are the sole areas still struggling with extreme dry conditions and lack of feed. As sale yards look to reopen we are going to be busier than ever finding space for the remaining stock from these regions as we try and help our clients manage their business through this very difficult period.

During times such as these it is important that we all look out for our friends, colleagues, neighbours and anyone in our industry and support them in any way we can.

Stay safe and be kind.

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