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Wool News Autumn 2020_Port Waikato
11 March 2020

Lambswool forward contract good news for Port Waikato farmer

Bruce Robinson owns a 1250 hectare property in the Waikaretu Valley half way between Port Waikato and Raglan, farmed by his son Pip. Kokonga carries 3000 Romney ewes complemented by their Hereford stud, so organising a lambswool forward contract this year has been a big benefit.

“It has been fantastic. Our PGG Wrightson Wool rep Maree Mather suggested we would do well from a forward contract for our lambswool, and encouraged us to take one up.”

Bruce normally sells his wool in the shed, though when he saw a contract for lambs wool at what he considered a fair price, not dependent on market fluctuations, he grabbed it. As it turned out being $2 per kilogram clean above the current market on delivery was a pleasant surprise.

“We clipped a kilogram off each lamb, so the return was well worthwhile,” says Bruce.

Kokonga buys rams from Alistair Reeves at Waimai Romney.

“He does a fantastic job. He puts a huge amount of research into his ram genetics and they combine really well with our ewes. It is paramount that we use genetics from the local area as facial eczema is quite a problem and it is important to breed FE resistant stock.

“We have had a  great income from our lambs this year. We have always kept in sight the need to produce good wool, and not to let that slip in favour of other genetic factors, even if returns are low.

“Wool, hopefully, will come back, and farmers need to be fully prepared to take advantage of that,” says Bruce. 

Wool News Autumn 2020_Wool Contracts
11 March 2020

2020/21 Lambswool contracts offered

Following a successful marketing trip to Europe, PGG Wrightson’s international sales and marketing business Bloch & Behrens has successfully concluded supply contracts for the 2020/21 season.

Prices are substantially better than current auction levels. These contracts are available to any New Zealand wool grower who can meet the contract parameters, provided they are signed up to the PGG Wrightson Wool Integrity programme.

Please contact your local PGG Wrightson Wool rep if you are interested and can meet the contract conditions. 

Wool News Autumn 2020
10 March 2020

Henrichsen’s Uldspinneri

Due to their size large commodity traders have little time for smaller operators. However, Bloch & Behrens takes great pride in providing smaller companies with products and service.

One such is a business now run by the fifth generation of the Henrichsen family. Henrichsen was founded in 1885, and has bought wool from Bloch & Behrens since its earliest days. Specialising in hand knitting yarns, the company is Denmark’s last remaining commercial spinning mill, as well as one of PGG Wrightson’s longest standing Wool Integrity brand partners.

Palle Petersen recently visited Henrichsen, catching up with owner Lars Henrichsen and older brother Erik, who handed over the company to Lars a few years ago, though still lends a helping hand.

Wool News Autumn 2020
10 March 2020

Lithuania's connection to New Zealand wool

For a small country Lithuania features prominently in New Zealand’s wool export statistics.

Two factories in a field outside Raseiniai, a small town in the country’s south west, account for much of the New Zealand wool consigned to Lithuania. Each factory is Danish owned, by Ege Carpets and Danspin, customers of PGG Wrightson’s international sales and marketing business Bloch & Behrens.

Though Ege produces carpets in Denmark, using high-tech printing techniques, its spinning facility, Litspin, is in Raseiniai.Danspin is one of the world’s largest users of New Zealand wool, much of it supplied by Bloch & Behrens. Danspin also re-located its spinning mill to Lithuania, producing carpet yarn for global export. If Danspin were using New Zealand wool only, this facility could spin around ten per cent of our entire national clip.

Bloch & Behrens general manager Palle Petersen recently visited Danspin in Lithuania, along with the company’s European manager Hans Bering.

Wool News Autumn 2020
10 March 2020

Careful attention helps couple top hogget wool sale

Long-term PGG Wrightson Wool suppliers Brian and Barbara Tiffen of Stoneleigh near Fairlie have made major improvements in recent seasons through their affiliation to the company, whose wool reps assist to add value without adding cost to their business.

Ange Armstrong, PGG Wrightson Wool rep for South Canterbury has helped Brian buy Perendale rams for the last four years, selecting on wool types, while senior rep Peter McCusker has assisted selecting the couple’s two tooth ewes to further refine their replacements for wool type.

Brian, Barbara, Ange and Peter are proud of what they have achieved, reflected in their wool auction returns: their hogget wool topped the C31 Christchurch wool sale in January.

Wool News Autumn 2020
10 March 2020

Wool staff profile Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson was appointed as PGG Wrightson Wool’s Hawke’s Bay and Taihape rep late last year, and started in the position in January. Whakatane born and Hawke’s Bay raised, Andy has been in agriculture since leaving school in the mid 2000s. Initially working in wool sheds, wool scours and for other wool brokers, he came on board with PGG Wrightson in 2011, with his most recent role serving as territory manager for Agritrade, another of the company’s divisions.

He couldn’t be happier in his new position.

“I love wool, and I love the industry. Some people questioned my intelligence when I decided to come back to wool last year, though I took no notice of that. With sustainability and environmental issues becoming more and more prominent, I see a positive future here. Wool is a natural fit to save the environment. Every day when I head in to work, I feel like I’m Captain Planet. I’m on a mission,” 
says Andy.

Hawke’s Bay also receives a hearty Andy Anderson tick of approval.

“Sheep and beef is the natural land use for this part of the country. It is traditional country, good winter country, with superb growing conditions, and nothing too complicated, so if you stick to sheep and beef, and keep it simple, that is the formula for success,” he says.

In Andy’s book, wool’s future depends on industry collaboration.

“If we are ever going to move forward, we need to come together with one goal. We need to progress towards that goal together, as an industry. That is how we need to do it: farmers, growers, brokers, the whole lot. Now is make or break time.  Everyone is thinking the same thing. Now is the time to step up and do it,” he says.

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