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Listen now. The Country's Rowena Duncum is joined by PGG Wrightson's Canterbury Livestock manager, Grant Nordstrom, to talk about New Zealand's livestock market and the "no-show Show week" in Canterbury.
The livestock selling season kicked off with the first on-farm lamb sale.
Nordstrom said it was a successful day, with Romney lambs on-selling for NZD$100-190.
It was the best price for lambs that Nordstrom had seen in 16 years.
Duncum asked about near-record export prices for New Zealand livestock and if this was in relation to the impact of recent droughts.
Nordstrom confirmed this and added it had been reflected throughout all of PGG Wrightson's sale yards.
The cost of in-milk cows had drastically increased, as they were more becoming more difficult to find.
Nordstrom said dairy prices were at an all-time high and farmers were holding onto stock as long as they could.
Meanwhile, the rural real estate market had kicked into gear, meaning dairy properties were in demand again - and farmers were anticipating a great grass season for their livestock, with wet weather on the way in Canterbury.
Marlborough shearer Angus Moore has picked his moments – even more than he thinks.
After winning the Canterbury Shears’ New Zealand Corriedale Open Championship final in Christchurch on Friday, he expressed some surprise when told it was his 19th Open win in the 15 seasons since he graduated after winning the Golden Shears Senior title and five other Senior finals in the 2006-2007 season.
“Wow !” he said back at home base in Seddon. “I didn’t realise it was that many.”
The fact is that raising a family and now running a growing shearing contracting business – including taking over the run of fellow Open shearer Sarah Hewson at the start of September – the 36-year-old’s mind has been on other things for a lot of the career and even the title at Christchurch wasn’t necessarily in the sights.
“It was a little unexpected to do that well,” he said. “I haven’t been focusing on it a lot as we have been fairly busy with other stuff.”
Fact is also that when Moore does focus on it, the results come, as highlighted when he won the national shearing circuit in 2012 and 2020 – the first time being the only win of the season and without a single previous A-grade Open win to his name.
He has represented New Zealand in two trans-tasman tests in 2012 and 2013 and would have shorn two more had it not been for the coronavirus crisis.
But while stacking up wins at smaller A and P show competitions such as Kaikohe, Cheviot, Ellesmere, Flaxbourne, Marlborough, Nelson and Murchison – most recently at Blenheim just six days before the Christchurch win, in a particular commitment to helping keep smaller competitions going - the two circuit wins, and now the Canterbury title are his only wins at the Open class’s A-grade level.
He says he’s been “pretty focused” on the circuit in the past, with its variety of wool types, including the Corriedales of Christchurch and the merinos of Alexandra, along with the more commonly contest crossbred strongwool of Waimate (longwool), Marton (lambs) and Pahiatua (second-shear).
With staff in the contracting run now over 20 at peak – with what looks like a tourism-class line up of woolsheds from the Clarence River across to St Arnaud, up to Arapawa Island - he decided against contesting the circuit this year, but the form suggests a watch-this-space approach, with Moore being among the many deprived of Golden Shears opportunity when a Covid-19 lockdown caused the late cancellation of Masterton’s big annual event last March.
The ongoing pandemic crisis meant there were a few missing from Christchurch, where the Open heats were the third leg of the circuit, now in its 50th year and known as the PGG Wrightson Vetmed National Shearing Circuit, but it was still as tough as it gets.
Just 14 of the 23 entered in the circuit this year made the trip, but in a field of 25 on the day Moore qualified from the heats in 10th place safely made it through the semi-finals to make the top six, including multiple Canterbury and circuits winners and New Zealand test-match representatives Tony Coster, of Rakaia, and Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill.
With Moore winning by just 0.87 points, Coster was runner-up, Manawatu shearer Aaron Haynes third, reigning circuit champion Leon Samuels, of Invercargill, fourth and Stratford fifth. Sixth place went to Willy McSkimming, now based in Oamaru.
It was one of the fastest 12-sheep final at Christchurch over the years, with Samuels first to finish, in 15min 20.5sec, with Moore next, followed by Haynes and Coster, all under 16 minutes.
Cheviot shearer Troy Pyper won the Canterbury All-Breeds Circuit final for a second time, and Chilean shearer Luis Pincol, a successful lower grades shearer in a New Zealand career now dating back more than six years, won the Open Plate.
The Senior final was a triumph for Russell Ratima, from Aria in the King Country but at the age of 38, having done most of his shearing in Australia.
When he won the New Zealand Winter Comb Senior final on merinos in Waimate last month it was just his fifth competition and his first win in New Zealand, although he had a win in Queensland “about eight or nine years ago.”
He’d said after his Alexandra win he “didn’t have much confidence” to shear competitions, and in Australia, it was also “too far to travel to them.”
In-form competitors Reuben King, of Rangiora, and Josh Devane, of Taihape, won the Intermediate and Junior finals respectively, and World champion blade shearer Allan Oldfield, from Geraldine but now living in Hutt Valley, had his first competition outing of the season to successfully defend the Golden Blades title he won for the first time last year.
The five shearing classes on Friday attracted 59 entries. There were 34 entries in the three woolhandling courses on Thursday.
For Moore, it was, however, all about the crew. Hewson, who won the Intermediate final in 2016, was sixth in Friday’s Open Plate, and brother-in-law Josh Quinn and 2019 Junior winner Alice Watson were fifth and sixth respectively in the Senior final.
“A good day for Moore Sheep Shearing all-round,” he said.
Results from the Canterbury Shears’ New Zealand Corriedale shearing championships at Christchurch on Friday, November 12, 2021:
Open final (12 sheep): Angus Moore (Seddon) 15min 30.28sec, 55.6pts, 1; Tony Coster (Rakaia) 15min 47.66sec, 56.47pts, 2; Aaron Haynes (Feilding) 15min 42.87sec, 56.81pts, 3; Leon Samuels (Invercargill) 15min 20.5sec, 59.11pts, 4; Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) 16min 1.41sec, 59.4spts, 5; Willy McSkimming (Oamaru) 15min 12.38sec, 63.7pts, 6.
Open Plate (8 sheep): Luis Pincol (Chile) 12min 41.91sec, 49.72pts, 1; David Gordon (Masterton) 12min 24.28sec, 50.96pts, 2; Duncan Leslie (Owaka) 12min 52.94sec, 51.02pts, 3; Lyall Windleburn (Rangiora) 12min 55.16sec, 53.01pts, 4; Toko Hapuku (Methven) 15min 2.35sec, 53.12pts, 5; Sarah Hewson (Blenheim) 13min 32.97sec, 57.27pts, 6.
Senior final (8 sheep): Russell Ratima (Pio Pio) 14min 14.66sec, 57.48pts, 1; Brayden Clifford (Waikaka) 14min 18.56sec, 57.68pts, 2; Taare Edwards (Ashburton) 3; 15min 56.81sec, 57.72pts, 3; Adam Gordon (Masterton) 15min 31.93sec, 58.72pts, 4; Josh Quinn (Seddon) 14min 58.81sec, 65.44pts, 5; Alice Watson (Blenheim) 17min 15.56sec, 65.65pts, 6.
Intermediate final (5 sheep): Reuben King (Rangiora) 13min 34.94sec, 51.15pts, 1; Blake Crooks (Timaru) 12min 42.31sec, 52.12pts, 2; Timo Hicks (Nelson) 13min 28sec, 53.8pts, 3; Chase Rattray (Ashburton) 13min 22.12sec, 62.71pts, 4; Savvy Taitoko (Pio Pio) 71min 7.81sec, 65.99pts, 5; Jzon Brass (Hamilton) 14min 1.22sec, 66.46pts, 6.
Junior final (3 sheep): Josh Devane (Taihape) 9min 41.85sec, 42.43pts, 1; Tyrell Miller 14min 45.62sec, 55.95pts, 2; Emma Martin (Gore) 13min 38sec, 59.57pts, 3; Foonie Waihape (Alexandra) 9min 26.43sec, 61.99pts, 4; Robin Krause (Germany) 14min 62.89sec, 71.91pts, 5; Lydia Thomson (Rangiora) 12min 11.07sec, 74.22pts, 6.
Canterbury All Breeds Circuit (12 sheep): Troy Pyper (Cheviot) 15min 25.06sec, 57.5pts, 1; Willy McSkimming (Oamaru) 15min 19.75sec, 57.57pts, 2; Luis Pincol (Chile) 16min 9.28sec, 57.8pts, 3; Lyall Windleburn (Rangiora) 15min 1.75sec, 58.42pts, 4; Shaun Burgess (Rakaia) 16min 42.44sec, 64.96pts, 5; Dave Brooker 17min 13.47sec, 71.42pts, 6.
Golden Blades (4 sheep): Allan Oldfield (Geraldine) 14min 8.5sec, 47.43pts, 1; Tony Dobbs (Fairlie) 14min 27.28sec, 57.61pts, 2; Tim Hogg (Timaru) 16min 52.37sec, 59.62pts, 3; Phil Oldfield (Geraldine) 15min 25.41sec, 61.52pts, 4; Shaun Burgess (Rakaia) 16min 54.44sec, 122.97pts, 5.
Alexandra teenager Charis Morrell (left) after her first Senior woolhandling win, at the New Zealand Corriedale woolhandling championships. She was pictured with sometimes workmate Foonie Waihape, who was fourth in the Open event.
Master Woolhandler Joel Henare clocked-up another milestone in Christchurch today (Thursday) when he became only the second to complete a treble of the three pre-Christmas national Open woolhandling titles.
The 28-year-old Gisborne woolshed maestro added the Canterbury Shears’ New Zealand Corriedale title to the NZ Merino title he won in Alexandra on October 1 and the Spring Shears long strongwool title won in Waimate a week later.
Henare has now won 123 Open finals, and on each of the last three occasions the runner-up was Alexandra woolhandler and fellow World champion Pagan Karauria, who two years ago was the first to claim the treble and who today had to settle for second-best in trying to win the Canterbury title for a third year in a row.
But there was still plenty to savour for the Karauria crew from Central Otago, with 16-year-old sister Charis Morrell claiming her first Senior woolhandling title - to go with three Junior titles on lambswool over the last two seasons – before heading home to Alexandra for her Dunstan High School prizegiving in the morning.
Karauria, a World teams title winner in France in 2019 and winner of the New Zealand Shears Open final in Te Kuiti last April, today (Thursday) spoke of the work her teen sister was putting into both school and the training for woolhandling competition, and the pride watching the ribbons being handed-out later in the afternoon, with dad and former shearing champion and World record holder Dion Morrell in charge.
“Charis has been training a lot for competition because she has school,” she said. “Some days she and dad will go out either in the morning, after school or on a day off to handle 30-50 sheep where she can develop her own system and rhythm.”
“Nowadays, I go out to help train her to try to teach her to teach herself and find what works for her,” said Karauria. “It was hard to hold the tears back in our row during prize giving.”
In the spirit of the industry’s and sport’s whanaungatanga and manaakitanga, Henare could also take some pride in the achievement, having on Wednesday been chief instructor at a high-performance run by Elite Wool Industry Training, with students including Charis Morrell and Corriedales Junior final winner Jess Rose Toa, of Ashburton.
With Covid-19 Level 2 conditions in place, some potential competitors were absent, and the day’s events attracted 34 competitors across the grades, including 17 in the Open class.
The second day of the championships (Friday) will be devoted to shearing competition, with Open, Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Blades titles at stake, as well as the Canterbury All-Breeds Circuit final.
The Open class heats constitute the third round of the PGG Wrightson Vetmed National Shearing Circuit, from which at least three will be missing because of the confines of Level 3 alerts in the North Island.
Another missing will be defending Corriedales champion and 2012 World champion Gavin Mutch, who had to pull out of the Circuit before it started because of a shoulder injury.
He’s now intent on recovering full fitness in time to return to Scotland in June to try to win selection again in his native country’s team for the next World Championships at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh 12 months later.
The favourite to win the Open title tomorrow is Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford, winner in 2016 and nine times a finalist in the last ten years.
Geraldine shearer and 2019 World bladeshearing champion Allan Oldfield, who now lives in Hutt Valley, return to the South Island to defend the Golden Blades title he won for the first time last year.
His preparation this week included shearing some alpaca.
Results of the New Zealand Corriedale woolhandling championships at the Canterbury Shears in Christchurch on Thursday, November 11, 2021:
Open final: Joel Henare (Gisborne) 185.63pts, 1; Pagan Karauria (Alexandra) 214.244pts, 2; Nova Kumeroa Elers (Mataura) 245.88pts, 3.
Senior final: Charis Morrell (Alexandra) 215.406pts, 2; Tamara Marshall (Tuakau) 243.48pts, 2; Krome Elers (Mataura) 251.156pts, 3.
Junior final: Jess Rose Toa (Ashburton) 110.818pts, 1; Emma Martin (Gore) 265.032pts, 2; Trish Booth (Christchurch) 366.95pts, 3
The Canterbury Shears' New Zealand Corriedale Shearing and Woolhandling Championships are safely underway in Christchurch after weeks of planning to run a safe event amid the coronavirus crisis, which caused the cancellation of the A and P show at which the championships are normally held.
With some competitors unable to be present because of Covid-19 Delta alert level restrictions in the North Island, organisers are hoping for over 100 entries for the events at the Canterbury Agricultural Park, starting with the three classes of wool handling today.
There were, however, lightish entries with just 34 across the three woolhandling classes.
It's competitors and officials only, as it was in 2020 when the championships were held at Marble Point, near Hanmer Springs, after the A and P show's first coronavirus cancellation.
Among those competing will be top-ranked 2020-2021 season Open woolhandler and 2019 World teams champion Pagan Karauria, trying for three-in-a-row in the championships' Open woolhandling, competition from four-time winner Joel Henare, who has travelled from Gisborne.
But among the missing will be Te Kuiti's Keryn Herbert, who has been in the final five times without winning in the last decade after claiming the title in 2010. This year, she completed 50 individual Open competition wins when she claimed another North Island circuit title in Te Kuiti. Christchurch would have been chasing points in this season's South Island woolhandling circuit.
She, and at least three others, are still confined by the Level 3 conditions in place in King Country, including Open-class shearers Jack Fagan and James Ruki, both needing points in the PGG Wrightson Vetmed National Shearing Circuit, of which the Open heats on Friday is the third round.
Another missing from the shearing will be defending Corriedales champion and 2012 World champion Gavin Mutch, who had to pull out of the Circuit before it started. Dealing with shoulder injuries, he's now intent on recovering full fitness in time to return to Scotland to try to win selection again in his native Scotland team for the next World Championships at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh in 2023.
Geraldine shearer and 2019 World blade shearing champion Allan Oldfield, who now lives in Hutt Valley, returns to the South Island to defend the Golden Blades title he won for the first time last year.
His preparation this week included shearing some alpaca.
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Defending national shearing circuits champion Leon Samuels showed he’s in the right sort of form for another national title bid when he won the Pleasant Point’s Gymkhana Shears Open final on Saturday.
The Invercargill gun’s win, by a comfortable margin of more than four points from runner-up, defending Pleasant Point titleholder and Mataura shearer Brett Roberts - who had won the Ashburton A and P Show’s Open final a week earlier - was the ideal result going into the Canterbury Shears’ New Zealand Corriedale shearing and woolhandling championships in Christchurch on Thursday and Friday.
The heats in Christchurch constitute the third round of the PGG Wrightson Vetmed National Shearing Circuit, which Samuels won last year in Te Kuiti along with the New Zealand Shears Circuit final.
Samuels, Roberts and Pleasant Point third-placegetter and 2014 PGG Wrightson National Circuit winner Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, are all contenders in Christchurch.
Samuels and Stratford aren’t the only former winners of the circuit in form at the weekend. In Blenheim, the Marlborough Shears Open final, also on Saturday, was won by 2012 and 2020 circuit winner and Seddon shearing contractor Angus Moore, who is not contesting the circuit this year.
A good performance in Friday afternoon’s heats will almost certainly guarantee Samuels a place in the top 12 for the Circuit finals at the Golden Shears in Masterton in March but also set him up for a place in the Corriedales final and a fifth win in national or island title events in the last three seasons.
The run started with the South Island Shearer of the Year title in February 2019, continued with the two circuit final wins in April, and was extended with his victory in the Waimate Shears New Zealand Spring Shears Championship last month. At the same time, he’s also won major titles at the Otago Shears and Southern Shears.
He was the top qualifier from the heats and the semi-finals on Saturday, and in the four-man final, over 20 sheep each was first to finish in 17min 25.81sec, half-a-minute before Roberts and comfortably meeting organiser John Walsh’s accurate forecast that all four in the final would go under 20 minutes.
Third and fourth respectively were Stratford and Ant Frew, of Pleasant Point, a split second apart as they switched off for the last time.
Samuels puts the form down to “taking the time to try to figure it all out, plus certain individuals pointing me in the right direction.”
“The sheep shore quite nicely (on Saturday), and it was a good day for it,” said after the competition, which took place on a mobile stand at the Pleasant Point Domain.
New Open competitor Toko Hapuku, of Methven, won the Open Plate, Ashburton shearer Taare Edwards had his second win and fourth top-2 placing in five Senior events this season, Chase Rattray, of Ashburton, had his first Intermediate win of the season and his third overall, and Lincoln College Dip.Ag student Josh Devane, 18, from Taihape, made it a double in the Junior final after winning a week earlier at Ashburton.
In Blenheim, Moore won the Open final of 10 sheep each by almost two-and-a-half points from runner-up Hugh De Lacy, of Parnassus, with Lyall Windleburn of Rangiora third.
Fourth place went to competition organiser and Marlborough shearer Sarah Hewson, a former Golden Shears Junior woolhandling and Novice shearing champion, adding to a small list of women who have shorn in Open-class finals.
Moore shore his pen of 10 in 11min 21.66sec, beating second-man-off Windleburn by less than two seconds.
Isaac Duckmanton, of Christchurch, had his fifth Senior win, and Timo Hicks, of Nelson, had his first Intermediate win, relegating to third place Rangiora shearer Reuben King, who had been on a run of six consecutive Junior and Intermediate wins dating back to last summer.
Marlborough shearer Beau Cameron was the only Junior competitor, part of what was a disappointing turnout at both shows as organisers battle to keep them going amid a range of cancellations in the Covid-19 pandemic.
There were just 16 competitors across the grades at the Marlborough show, despite the introduction of the Colin King Provincial Challenge Shield in which a Marlborough team headed by Moore beat North Canterbury to become the first holder. It was a relay, with each team of three shearing nine sheep.
There were 32 entries at Pleasant Point, and Canterbury Shears convener Dave Brooker expects a downturn in numbers on Thursday and Friday, with some North Island competitors likely missing.
“I’d be disappointed,” he said, having with a crew prepared 800 sheep at Marble Point Station, near Hanmer Springs. “A lot of work goes into these competitions.”
Woolhandling titles will be decided on Thursday, and Shearing titles on Friday, including the Canterbury All-Breeds Circuit final and the Golden Blades title.
RESULTS from the Gymkhana Shears at Pleasant Point on Saturday, November 6, 2021:
Open final (20 sheep): Leon Samuels (Invercargill) 17min 25.81sec, 57.84pts, 1; Brett Roberts (Mataura) 18min 5.35sec, 61.97pts, 2; Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) 19min 17.22sec, 62.81pts, 3; Ant Frew (Pleasant Point) 19min 17.63sec, 64.53pts, 4.
Open plate (16 sheep): Toko Hapuku (Methven) 15min 14.03sec, 51.39pts, 1; Eli Cummings (Pleasant Point) 16min 11.06sec, 56.8pts, 2; Paul Hodges (Geraldine) 14min 39.97sec, 56.87pts, 3; Duncan Leslie (Owaka) 17min 35.94sec, 61.92pts, 4.
Senior final (8 sheep): Taare Edwards (Ashburton) 9min 56.59sec, 36.2pts, 1; Liam Norrie (Cheviot) 10min 31.25sec, 36.56pts, 2; Brayden Clifford (Waikaka) 9min 39.44sec, 38.97pts, 3; Kieran Devane (Taihape) 11min 5.72sec, 40.91pts, 4.
Intermediate final (6 sheep): Chase Rattray (Ashburton) 10min 51.37sec, 40.9pts, 1; Blake Crooks (Timaru) 11min 9.55sec, 44.64pts, 2; Tora Lambert (Penola, South Australia) 12min 26sec, 51.64pts, 3; Cody Hemopo (Taumarunui/Pleasant Point) 11min 8.81sec, 67.94pts, 4.
Junior final (4 sheep): Josh Devane (Taihape) 8min 6.56sec, 30.58pts, 1; Robin Krause (Germany) 12min 10.53sec, 52.53pts, 2; Lochie Crafar (Rangiwahia) 10min 21.25sec, 44.81pts, 3; Dre Roberts (Mataura) 11min 58.91sec, 54.2pts, 4.
RESULTS from Marlborough A and P Show Shears at Blenheim on Saturday, November 6, 2021:
Open final (10 sheep): Angus Moore (Seddon) 11min 21.66sec, 39.48pts, 1; Hugh De Lacy (Parnassus) 11min 40.5sec, 42.93pts, 2; Lyall Windleburn (Rangiora) 11min 23.34sec, 48.97pts, 3; Sarah Hewson (Blenheim) 12min 21.31sec, 51.67pts, 4.
Senior final (7 sheep): Isaac Duckmanton (Christchurch) 10min 3sec, 44.86pts, 1; Josh Quinn (Seddon) 10min 28.72sec, 49.72pts, 2; Alice Watson (Blenheim) 13min 15.29sec, 55.91pts, 3.
Intermediate final (5 sheep): Timo Hicks (Tapawera) 10min 25.5sec, 39.68pts, 1; Jock Fitzpatrick (Blenheim) 10min 1.85sec, 43.22pts, 2; Reuben King (Rangiora) 10min 1.85sec, 43.89pts, 3; Joan Dodson (Blenheim) 11min 9.35sec, 61.17pts, 4.
Junior final (3 sheep): Beau Cameron (Blenheim) 6min 1.97sec, 39.1pts, 1.
Colin King Provincial Challenge Shield (9 sheep): Marlborough (Angus Moore, Alice Watson, Jock Fitzpatrick) 14min 3.54sec, 51.71pts, beat North Canterbury (Lyall Windleburn, Isaac Duckmanton, Reuben King) 14min 20.37sec, 54.91pts.
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A large central North Island hill country property, marking its 130th anniversary this year, has had a deep association with PGG Wrightson for more than half its history.
Bounded by the Rangitikei River, Makokomiko Station is a 2283 hectare sheep, beef and deer property located near Pukeokahu, 40 kilometres north east of Taihape. Originally established in the 1890s, the property is owned and operated by the Maata Kotahi Partnership Trust, an Ahu Whenua trust under the Maori Land Court, which represents the descendants of Maata Kotahi, who was closely involved when the station was first settled, and who inherited interest in the land in the 1900s.
Lance Jones has managed the property for the last 32 years. He says it has approximately 1900 hectares in pasture, with the rest in pine and manuka plantations, and native reserves.
“Sheep account for approximately 60 per cent of our stock. Ours is a Romney-based flock, using genetics from St Leger. Our two-tooth and older ewes go to a black-faced ram, while the four- and six-tooths go to a maternal ram. For the past four years we have introduced some Perendale genetics, and are now back putting Romney rams over our ewes. We aim to scan at 170 per cent, and achieve a docking percentage between 140 and 150 per cent.
“We keep a younger flock to maintain a lower death rate in the ewes. We sell our four-year old ewes in June, ensuring good cash flow at that time of year. Over the last four years we have averaged $200 per ewe out of Feilding Saleyards, including the dries, singles and twins.
“We shear the hoggets before Labour Weekend, while the ewes are shorn every six months: around Christmas, then again in June. Lamb shearing is also before or after Christmas, depending on what the weather is doing,” says Lance.
With the Perendale influence, Makokomiko Station is aiming for a medium to fine wool.
“We are not into the coarse stuff. We want 30 to 35 micron, depending on what the hoggets are doing, with wool from older sheep tending thicker. We want to produce a nice, good body type wool, consistent and even over the whole flock.
“We have always sold our wool through PGG Wrightson, which for the past six or seven years has been with Andy Anderson. We leave it up to him: we don’t put a reserve on the price, just take the money on the day. It is no good for us having it sitting in the shed, so we take the best price offered. Andy and the team know better than we do what the market is doing. We leave it up to them,” says Lance.
As PGG Wrightson Wool’s Hawke’s Bay and Taihape rep, Andy enjoys the freedom to handle the Makokomiko wool to the best of his ability.
“Their wool is amazing: typical Taihape high country wool, and therefore among the best in New Zealand. Where I see benefit around price and contracts for their wool types, Lance lets me go for it and achieve the best possible prices. He is willing to take our advice, and has done well in recent years, particularly with flexi and lambswool contracts, which are consistently significantly better rewarded compared to the current market,” says Andy.
While PGG Wrightson has sold Makokomiko Station’s wool for many decades, the relationship goes back well beyond that.
Following the introduction of a tax on farmers in 1929, then the effects of World War Two, Makokomiko’s trustees had some financial challenges, bringing in what was then Wrightsons in the 1950s to administer and direct the business. After the trust was formed in the early 1970s, Wrightsons became the responsible trustee, and for two decades the company administered Makokomiko’s farming operations, financial budget and expenditure, alongside advisory trustees representing the family partners. Then in the early 1990s a restructure prompted Wrightsons to withdraw from their trusteeship responsibilities, leaving it to the designated trustees and management to take Makokomiko Station forward.
Like everyone else in the industry, Lance would like to see wool doing better.
“Until you can persuade young people to leave synthetics behind for wool carpet, and be more seriously clean and green, it is difficult to see wool prices improving. Wool is a natural product, although not enough consumers see that, and therefore not enough are really motivated to use it,” he says.
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