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Preparation paying off

With the first wool sales under our belt into the new wool season, good premiums are on offer for well grown and better prepared pre-lamb fleece of good colour, sound and low VM (less than 0.3 per cent) crossbred wool. Please contact your local wool representative to discuss best practice...

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Staff profile: Jared Manihera – A passion for wool

Jared Manihera is never far from wool. “I grew up in Masterton where my parents were shearing contractors for 25 years. I left school at 15, though Dad banned me from going into the sheds until I turned 16, so I stacked shelves at Woolworths for six months,” he says. He worked as a shearer for the...

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Wool donations sought for Southland Charity Hospital

In 2018 Blair Vining, from Winton, Southland was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs. He believed that better healthcare could have saved his life. Before he died, Blair campaigned for a national cancer agency, starting a petition that was backed by 140,000...

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Northland outdoor workwear company lines up the advantages of wool

Kaiwaka Clothing was established in 1975 by Ross Stewart. Ross was a fifth generation local farmer in the small Northland settlement, so he understood what it means to work outdoors, which is reflected in the clothing the company produces. Nearly five decades later Ross’s sons and grandsons have a...

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New home build makes the most of wool

When North Canterbury farming couple Greg and Lois Newell were planning to build their new house they were determined to use as much wool as possible. Greg and Lois have leased a 300 hectare North Loburn property since 1992, and purchased 80 hectares of it in 2009, partly with a mind to build. They...

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Schools programme passes momentous milestone

Wool in Schools is a PGG Wrightson sponsored initiative to educate and inspire kiwi children about the wonders of wool. Established in 2015 and comprising converted shipping containers that travel the country visiting schools and sharing knowledge about our fibre, Wool in Schools will shortly pass...

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Waitomo farmer and builder looking at wool from both ends of the pipeline

Although Kurt Houghton started building around 20 years ago, he and his wife Alisa also farm the 427 hectare Aria, Waitomo property that has been in the Houghton family since 1905. As a sheep farmer, and a builder, Kurt is strongly motivated to put as much wool as possible in the local houses he...

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The Relaxed Farmer: The Wisdom of Unwinding

University of Waikato Master’s student, Cathleen Schriber-Hannah, is on a mission to understand how the coping strategies and unwinding activities of NZ farmers impact stress and wellbeing. Growing up on her parent’s farm in Te Aroha, Cathleen knows firsthand the impact that farmer wellbeing can...

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Palle Petersen featured recently on The Country, with Jamie Mackay, explaining the premiums growers can earn from organic wool and the importance of a well-prepared clip

The big question is how much of a premium can you get if you go organic? Palle says PGG Wrightson is probably the only organic wool exporter in the country. They've been working on organics for probably ten years and have a good customer in the US manufacturing bedding. They're currently offering $5...

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Property report: An interesting time for the rural market

Jamie Mackay from The Country has had his monthly chat with Peter Newbold, GM of real estate at PGG Wrightson. We all know winter's here - but is it the off-season for real estate sales? Peter says it's an interesting time. They've just come off a high with strong trading and they're now in...

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Shear 4 Blair programme

The Southland Charity Hospital Trust was established in 2019 following Blair’s highly-publicised battle with terminal bowel cancer. After his diagnosis in 2018, Blair was told he had weeks to live, but chronic under-resourcing of the health service in Southland meant he was unlikely to see a...

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Elite genetics offered exclusively online

Second annual online semen sale will showcase elite beef genetics Trans-Tasman PGG Wrightson’s second annual online bull semen sale is scheduled for 24 August. This is an excellent opportunity for the country’s premier stud businesses to showcase their elite genetics to the Trans-Tasman market: as...

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Staff profile - Stephen Hickey

Right at home in Waikato North Waikato is home for Stephen Hickey. Not only did he grow up on his parents’ 250 hectare, 650 cow Te Kauwhata dairy farm, he sharemilked the property for them for 25 years. Then he became a livestock representative for PGG Wrightson in 2017, initially for two and a half...

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Staff profile: Paul Anthony

Taking off your business hat and becoming a friend Before he went into livestock, Paul Anthony spent 25 years bringing machinery and cars to New Zealand from all around the world, which taught him a few lessons, and left him with a public health warning attached. “Dealing with different people in...

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Interest strong at Temuka ewe fair

High demand from motivated gallery results in excellent competition and notable prices This year’s Temuka in-lamb ewe fair, on 6 July, attracted plenty of interest, with high demand from a motivated buying gallery. As a result the better ewes in each class sold well. Compared to the 2021 sale...