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Listen: big prices being paid for premium stags and bulls.

Livestock Report: Venison and Velvet. 20.01.2022 Rowena Duncum from The Country talks with Tony Cochrane, National Deer and Velvet Manager for PGG Wrightson, about the big prices being paid for premium stags and bulls. Cochrane agrees that most prices paid are up at least 10 percent on last year’s...

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The Only Way is Up For The Wool Market

Listen now as The Country’s Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson’s Bloch and Behrens General Manager, Palle Petersen, to take a look at the wool market this month. Mackay recalls that according to MPI, New Zealand’s Food and fibre exports are forecast to exceed $50 billion NZD; however there was...

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More than a third of shearing competitions now cancelled

The Southland Shears and the Dannevirke Shears have joined the list of cancellations now affecting more than a third of the competitions on the 2021-2022 Shearing Sports New Zealand calendar. Committees from the shows made the decisions at meetings on Tuesday, bringing to at least 20 the number of...

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Wool Street Journal

King Country shearers aiming to set new five-stand world record

A five member team of young King Country shearing guns is shaping up to make their mark later this month with a crack at the five-stand nine-hour world record for strong wool lambs. Attempting to establish a new mark at Te Pa Station, Ruapehu on Wednesday 22 December, the five shearers, aged between...

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Golden Shears cancelled for second time

World-famed shearing and woolhandling championships, the Golden Shears, has been cancelled for a second time because of the uncertainty of the Coronavirus crisis. Held annually for 60 years in Masterton’s War Memorial Stadium, the championships were to have been held on March 3-5. The decision at...

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Animal Health

Think zinc to protect against facial eczema

Managing Facial Eczema (FE) requires a multipronged approach that involves reducing spore intake and providing zinc as a prophylaxis and therapy. FE is caused by a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Pithomyces chartarum growing in pasture dead matter. This fungus multiplies rapidly when overnight...

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Listen: Rural Property going from strength to strength

The Country’s Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson’s General Manager for Rural Real Estate, Peter Newbold, to take a look rural property this month. Newbold comments on the prominence of sheep and beef properties, and how it is interesting to see good solid heartland areas leading the way. He...

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A New Zealand first: a whole herd online auction.

Listen now. The Country’s Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson’s Roddy Bridson, to talk about New Zealand’s livestock market and online auctions. Summer has finally arrived in Southland as Bridson explains that the season is in full swing. Mackay notes that next Thursday will feature New Zealand...

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Wool report: Selling season in full swing

This week The Country's Jamie Mackay is joined by PGG Wrightson's Steve Fussell, a wool rep and auctioneer based out of Central Hawkes Bay, to take a look at the wool market this month. Wool auctions are currently in their fortnightly cycle and should move to weekly in two weeks' time in...

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Covid-19 On-Farm Checklist for Farmers

A new Preparing for COVID-19 On-Farm Checklist for Farmers has been created with the support of key industry groups to help farm and lifestyle block operators across New Zealand prepare for a case of COVID-19 on-farm. By completing the checklist, farmers can think in advance about what would need to...

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Clean sweep for young PGG Wrightson auctioneers

Ben Wright and Brooke Cushion make a nationwide mark among young rural professionals PGG Wrightson secured a quinella at the tenth annual Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition, held in Canterbury in early November. Ben Wright, a sheep and beef representative for the company based in Manawatu...

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Cameron Gray: Knowing you've made their day

A '100 per cent country boy' makes the shift from rural transport to livestock rep With roots in the region, Cameron Gray started as a PGG Wrightson South Canterbury and Waimate livestock representative in October 2021. A 100 per cent country boy, Cameron's home patch is Cannington, Cave, 35...

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Simon Eddington: Practicing what he preaches

Finishing a few head of stock keeps Simon in tune with what's happening for his clients Simon Eddington is PGG Wrightson livestock genetics representative for the Upper South Island. Taking his work home and trying to practice what he preaches, Simon has lived for the past 20 years on a 13-hectare...

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Go-Stock provides cashflow solution for young South Canterbury farming couple

Efficient and easy to use option leaves clients free to find better uses for their capital. PGG Wrightson offers an easy solution for on-farm cashflow: Go-Stock. Since 2016 Go-Stock has put 1.55 million lambs and 240,000 cattle onto New Zealand farms. For farmers operating under Go-Stock, PGG...

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North Island rebounding from slow, chilly start to spring

Cattle, yearlings, weaners and lambs all selling well By early November, the North Island's slow, chilly start to spring had ended, temperatures were rising, and the grass was growing fast. Particularly gratifying: Hawke's Bay, in drought for the past three years, received plenty of rain at an ideal...

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Positive signs for a healthy season of dairy herd forward sales

Farmers considering offering herds for purchase need to start preparing now Listings for forwarding sales of dairy herds for settlement on 1 May and 1 June 2022 are starting to come onto the market. Any farmer considering selling a herd should contact their livestock representative now. Early...

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Trainee programme marks ten years

Clients of livestock business benefiting from fresh talent, professionally trained Succession planning is a significant issue for farmers. In common with much of the agriculture sector, around ten years ago, PGG Wrightson confronted the fact that our livestock team wasn't growing any younger. To...