Posts Tagged ‘PGG Wrightson’

Cooperatives and private companies work best in agriculture

September 14, 2015

Good company performance demands clarity of purpose which is defined and monitored by a board of directors elected or appointed by the shareholders. There are five main types of company ownership structure that are or have been represented in New Zealand’s agricultural sector and each has advantages and disadvantages. (more…)

$38 million funding for greenhouse gas research

February 5, 2013

The Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium (PGgRc) has just announced that it has secured funding for a further seven years’ research into greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation. $2.3 million per annum will be contributed by industry partners to be matched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment with the balance to come from AgResearch in its capacity as leader of the research project. (more…)

Boot camp to inspire development of New Zealand Inc

August 15, 2012

This week a high powered Boot Camp, attended by a group of key New Zealand agribusiness executives, will take place at Stanford University, California, with facilitation by Professor of Marketing Baba Shiv whose research expertise is in neuroeconomics. (more…)

Stick to the knitting

March 21, 2011

Stock and station agencies have a long history in this country, performing essentially the same role throughout their existence, but at the same time the industry has undergone enormous change. At the turn of the 20th century there were 80 firms, by 1986 when Wrightson and Dalgety merged this had fallen to seven, while today there is only one full service firm, PGG Wrightson (PGW) supplemented by Elders and Allied Farmers offering a narrower range of services, three specialist farm merchandise retailers, wool buyers, and a number of regional agencies offering livestock, grain and seed, and advisory services. (more…)

Strategy overdose will be good for meat industry

September 8, 2010

The most positive aspect of the slew of recent announcements about future meat industry strategy is the willingness of diverse industry participants to invest money and time to try to resolve long standing problems. It’s also good to see the red meat sector get some positive coverage for a change. (more…)

Silver Fern Farms putting money where its mouth is

July 28, 2010

For obvious reasons, I had some questions about SFF chairman Eion Garden’s comment on SFF’s proposal for PGP funding to invest $60 million in developing new strategies ‘that will grow the industry’ (Farmers Weekly 21 June). For a start, where on earth would SFF find $60 million and how would they invest twice that amount? (more…)

PGW latest to try to convince farmers to take up e-commerce

March 17, 2009

The press release announcing the launch of Agonline last week suggests PGG Wrightson (PGW) “is bringing e-commerce to the rural sector with the first specialist auction site for livestock trading.” Praiseworthy and bold it may be, but I can remember Fencepost’s Livestock Online launched seven years ago and more recently Allied Farmers’ MyLiveStock which got there before Agonline. (more…)

PGW latest to try to convince farmers to take up e-commerce

February 19, 2009

The press release announcing the launch of Agonline last week suggests PGG Wrightson (PGW) “is bringing e-commerce to the rural sector with the first specialist auction site for livestock trading.” Praiseworthy and bold it may be, but I can remember Fencepost’s Livestock Online launched seven years ago and more recently Allied Farmers’ MyLiveStock which got there before Agonline. (more…)

Outlook for Silver Fern Farms deal looks bleak

October 18, 2008

The last minute hold up of the first instalment of PGG Wrightson’s (PGW) payment for 50% of Silver Fern Farms (SFF) was, in Craig Norgate’s words, ‘bloody disappointing’. More than that, it is a major obstacle to what had seemed to be a done deal, having overcome what everybody thought was an even bigger challenge – getting more than 75% of eligible SFF shareholders to vote in favour of giving up half their co-operative to an outside investor. (more…)