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Halfbred sheep find purpose once more
By TONY BENNY
SHINING LIGHT: Eric Laurenson moves a mob of halfbred sheep. The Dual-purpose meat and mid
micron-woolled animals are back in demand.
Once written off as not worth growing,
mid-micron wool is back in fashion and
the dual-purpose animals that produce
it are being hailed by some as the future for
the New Zealand sheep industry.
"Mid micron is the shining light in the wool
industry at the moment, I feel," halfbred sheep
farmer Eric Laurenson of Fairlie said.
A cross between a merino and a romney or
english leicester, halfbreds, like corriedales,
are a New Zealand breed developed to
produce both wool and meat and are suited
to hill and high country. Their wool ranges
from 22 to 31 microns - coarser than most
merinos' but finer than that of breeds like
But in 2008, the wool industry's McKinsey
report that looked at improving profitability in
the ailing industry saw no future in mid-
micron wool and recommended producers be
encouraged to change land use.
In the same year PGG Wrightson sold its
interest in mid-micron wool to New Zealand
"McKinsey wrote it off but it's actually,
particularly the finer edge of mid micron,
proving to be a lot more prosperous that what
McKinsey suggested it would be," said NZ
Merino chief executive John Brakenridge.
"The thing that's just been fantastic for them
is a (United States) company called
SmartWool, and basically it's a huge chunk of
all of that wool type that now goes to
SmartWool from this country and they've got
very good contracts."
Brakenridge says NZ Merino now covers a
range from ultrafine through to mid micron
and is working on improving returns and
securing markets for all those sectors.
"Growers, and we as a company, are investing
in markets, products, production science and
a whole range of things designed around
"It's a philosophical direction - what we do is
invest in the now, the near and the future, and
I think that's quite an important statement.
The now being for whatever we can with
whatever's coming off the sheep, the near
being, 'hey, what have we got for the next
couple of years, contracts and confidence for
growers moving forward', and the future is
the longer term; some of the investments
we're making in production science and so
forth and the benefits of that could be more
like five to ten years out."
The key for the sheep industry in New
Zealand, Brakenridge said, is understanding
the market and making sure what is produced
is tailored to demand.
"In other words, the wool that's being grown
on the back of it is something that we know is
in high-growth market areas, like active
outdoors, and then the meat component
that's coming off it is because we've got
certain insights into high-value market areas
that we know over time we can develop and
therefore bring some of those benefits back to
"There is a confidence for the areas that we're
working with for both merino and mid micron
that frankly wasn't there before, albeit with
some short-term challenges."
Producers like Eric Laurenson are pleased they
stuck with mid micron sheep.
"We do have a good product. Prices are back a
little on last year but they're still not bad.
Halfbred sheep will stack up against any other
breed at the moment but he suffers from not
having a decent name - no-one wants to be
known as a halfbred, it's like being called a
bastard. If we got Saatchi and Saatchi behind
it and gave it flash name, we'd be away."
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