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19 April 2024
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Market Commentary

Property report: Rural market hits a low but there’s hope for the future

The rural property market has reached “the bottom,” but “won’t need a lot of change for things to move forward.” That was the message from the general manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Peter Newbold yesterday, in his monthly interview with The Country’s Jamie Mackay. The volume of recent sales...

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16 April 2024
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Livestock

The vital role of breeding programmes in maximising success

Planning for success with bull sale selection The importance of a robust, data-driven genetics programme cannot be overstated. It’s not just about purchasing stud animals; it’s about unlocking the potential for higher revenue and healthier flocks through the power of genetics. Callum Stewart, PGG...

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15 April 2024
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Livestock

Clients benefit from utilising PGW innovative products

On the 29 th February, PGW Livestock held a North Island Cattle sale via bidr®, PGW’s online auction selling platform. The sale consisted of 15 lots (429 cattle in total) from across the King Country, Manawatu, and Wairarapa. The sale featured a lineup of quality cattle which drew significant...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Busybrook dairy cow sale turns over $1.266 million

One of the best catalogues ever draws international attention A North Otago dairy genetics specialist turned over $1.266 million selling 136 cows in early April, with a top price paid for a heifer of $63,000. PGG Wrightson National Dairy Specialists Jamie Cunninghame and Andrew Reyland convened the...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Shifting supply and demand factors will impact bull sales

Pricing should be steady, though clearances may drop Preparations for this year’s two-year-old bull sale season, which starts in early May, are now well under way. Some 130 studs nationwide are set to put their best genetics forward at auction, private sales and paddock selections, from Whangarei...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

High quality offering at annual weaner fair, with carrots thrown in

Picking the best of more than 75 years of breeding Commercial beef raisers have the opportunity to pick the best of more than 75 years of breeding at the Feilding Saleyards as the Sue Brothers bring their weaners – and their carrots – to town. Gareth Williams of PGG Wrightson, Taihape is...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock

Staff profile – Jesse Houston

Helping clients maximise their margins After completing his three year degree at Lincoln University, Jesse Houston spent a year working first on a sheep stud near Lauriston, Mid Canterbury, then a Blenheim sheep and beef property, starting his PGG Wrightson career learning the ropes for 15 months as...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Positive market response to Northland weaner sales

Values holding firm as North Island buyers come out in force Northland’s weaner sales season enjoyed a strong start in February. Values were firm on last year, the cattle were well presented, plenty of exotic breeds sold early, and buyers from throughout the North Island were out in force. Compared...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Dry conditions influence South Island market

Focus on finding buyers as farmers move stock earlier than usual Early autumn focus in the South Island livestock market was on finding buyers for lambs, and more recently calves. Because of the dry summer influencing farmers to move stock on sooner than usual, plenty of activity has followed, with...

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15 April 2024
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Over the Farm Gate
Livestock
Market Commentary

Curtain comes down on Atahua Angus

Female dispersal sale for prominent Manawatu beef stud raises $468,700 More than 60 years of history came to an end on 8 April with a female dispersal sale staged by prominent Manawatu beef stud Atahua Angus. Approximately 140 attended the Kiwitea sale, which also attracted online bidders and...

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11 April 2024
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Livestock
Market Commentary

Livestock report: Waikato/South Auckland update with Brad Osborne

Brad Osborne is PGG Wrightson’s area livestock manager for Waikato/South Auckland but The Country’s Jamie Mackay found him in the Wairarapa this week. Osborne was up bright and early at 3am to drive from his hometown of Ngatea to Masterton, to attend a weaner calf sale and “support the local boys”...

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9 April 2024
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Wool
National Shearing Circuit
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Nathan Stratford drives off in new car after PGG Wrightson/Vetmed Shearing Victory

Nathan Stratford, the multi-breeds shearing legend, added another feather to his cap as he was awarded a brand-new Hyundai Santa Fe for a year at a presentation held at PGG Wrightson in Invercargill. This event marked his third victory of the PGG Wrightson/Vetmed National Shearing Circuit, a feat...

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8 April 2024
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Ahuwhenua
Community
Livestock
Maori Agribusiness

Ahuwhenua Trophy Field Day - Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board

Around 250 people attended this week’s field day at Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board’s dairy farm in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Whakatōhea is a finalist in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to select the top Māori dairy farm in Aotearoa. As part of the competition each finalist stages a field day...

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3 April 2024
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Company News
Wool

In Memoriam: Honouring the Life of Grant Edwards, General Manager Wool

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Grant Edwards, General Manager of PGG Wrightson Wool. Grant was a friend to many within the business and a very dedicated member of the PGG Wrightson family. His passing is a great loss for those who had the pleasure of working with him in...

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30 March 2024
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Ahuwhenua
Community
Livestock
Maori Agribusiness

Ahuwhenua Trophy Field Day - Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani Incorporation

More than 300 people turned out this week to a field day at Wairarapa Moana ki Pouakani Incorporation’s (WMI) dairy farm near Mangakino in the Waikato. WMI is one of two finalists in this years Ahuwhenua Trophy competition to select the top Māori dairy farm in Aotearoa. As part of the competition...

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28 March 2024
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Market Commentary
Wool

Wool Report: Strong sales, educational initiatives, and shearing triumphs

In a recent interview with Rowena Duncum from The Country, Jason Everson from PGG Wrightson Wool shared insights into the current state of the wool market, along with notable industry developments. Market Resilience Everson began by discussing the recent South Island wool sale, which featured the...

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25 March 2024
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Market Commentary

Property report: Tough times slowing the rural market

The rural property market is finally starting to see more activity following a difficult period for farm sales. “To be brutally honest, it has been tough for some time,” General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Peter Newbold, told The Country’s Jamie Mackay. “But…in the last couple of weeks, we...

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