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13 June 2024
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Livestock Report: A green drought, land use changes, and avocados in Northland

Northland is experiencing a bit of a green drought despite recent rainfall, according to PGG Wrightson regional livestock manager, Bernie McGahan. For the uninitiated, a green drought is when there is just enough rain to keep the grass green, but not enough for it to grow. There had been 20-25mm of...

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10 June 2024
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Wool
National Shearing Circuit

Canterbury Shears: The show must go on

The Canterbury Shears’ national Corriedale shearing and woolhandling championships are confirmed to take place in November, despite the Canterbury A&P Society's decision to cancel the New Zealand Agricultural Show. Despite the decision not to host the show this year, shearing and other sections have...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

SkyCount debuts at Fieldays: transforming livestock audits with AI

Exclusive to PGG Wrightson Livestock, SkyCount integrates aerial imagery and AI software to conduct livestock audits at a new level of speed, accuracy and efficiency. A revolutionary new way to tally livestock is on display this week at Mystery Creek Fieldays. SkyCount, PGG Wrightson’s innovative...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

Focused on showing her own worth

At age 16 Hayley MacDonald left school and decided to learn agriculture the practical way – now she has her dream job. Hayley MacDonald is one of PGG Wrightson’s newest staff members, coming into the company as a livestock trainee in early May. Growing up on a lifestyle property in Ohoka, North...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Hybrid bidr option gaining traction with bull sales

Online access to on-farm auctions paying off in convenience and cost for buyers and sellers as New Zealand’s virtual saleyard surpasses 10,000 users. After three weeks of this year’s bull sales, bidr continues to consolidate its role as an increasingly important part of the livestock marketing mix...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Store lambs coming off South Island farms

A dry autumn putting feed under pressure in many South Island districts prompted steady de-stocking, with stock generally finding buyers elsewhere. Widespread dry conditions dominate the winter plans of South Island farmers. Store lambs came off farms at a steady rate during May, generally finding...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
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Buyers’ market as quality to the fore at bull sales

Bull sales season starts as predicted with an excellent standard of stock offered to a cautious gallery of buyers. With 130 studs nationwide competing for attention, buyers at this year’s bull sales are taking advantage. Callum Stewart, PGG Wrightson Livestock National Genetics Manager says the...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

North Island store lambs meeting positive market

Heavier male lambs with shorter wool earning a premium – Mid and South Canterbury cropping farmers also weighing in. Store lamb sales in the North Island started in earnest in early May. Month on month, yardings through the Fielding saleyards and paddock to paddock sales are ahead of annual averages...

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10 June 2024
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Over the Farm Gate

End of an era in Rai Valley, Marlborough

After around 160 years, the Couper family calls it a day with one of the Tasman region’s largest clearing sales in decades. Spectacular weather and a sizeable crowd helped make the Raidale Farm clearing sale on 23 April the Tasman region’s largest event of its kind in decades. Owen and Lina Couper...

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5 June 2024
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Wool
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Wool Report: Optimistic Market Trends

In a recent interview with Rowena Duncum from The Country, Rachel Shearer, the new Acting General Manager for PGG Wrightson Wool, shared her insights on the current state of the wool market and highlighted notable community support initiatives. Transition to Leadership Rachel Shearer, who has...

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20 May 2024
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Property report: Momentum remains subdued in the rural market

Momentum in the rural property market remains subdued, with farm sales for the calendar year significantly down. PGG Wrightson General Manager of Real Estate, Peter Newbold, put that figure at around 30 per cent. “Some areas are varied, but that’s [representative of] a billion dollars,” Newbold told...

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14 May 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

Staff Profile - Russell Moloney - From news to ewes

Russell Moloney’s career took a dramatic shift a few years ago, though he reckons it was a logical one, and he hasn’t looked back. From standing in front of a camera with a microphone, to standing in a pen with a mob of hoggets might seem an unusual career shift, though it’s a path that has worked...

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14 May 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

Ensuring a genetics programme maximises revenue from stud purchases

Long term relationship to identify appropriate bloodstock guiding bull and ram selections for large King Country sheep and beef enterprise. Farmers increasingly recognise the need for a sound and factually based genetics programme to underpin their stud purchases and maximise revenue. Callum Stewart...

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14 May 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

Momentous deer career coming to an end

After 50 years in livestock, including 41 with PGG Wrightson, and recognition in 2022 for his contribution to the industry, Ron Schroeder calls it a day. Ron Schroeder loves deer. He farms them, sells them, purchases them, hunts them, dreams them, eats them. “Ron looks like a deer, and even roars...

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14 May 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Autumn dairy sales positive

Turning around a slow start, the pick up in dairy livestock transactions through late summer and autumn shows sector confidence is returning. After a late start the dairy livestock sale season indicates the sector is rebounding. PGG Wrightson Livestock National Dairy Specialist Jamie Cunninghame...

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