Agstaff Update – September 2017

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your support over the last 10 months. The Agstaff team wish you all the best start to your Spring, and hope old mother nature has some kindness in her over the coming months to set us all up for a great summer.

The first day of Spring has brought a happy smile to most farmers out there! Coming from a very wet Autumn and a wetter winter, into what promises to be plenty of Sunshine would make the grouchiest of farmers crack a smile. Hopefully, the conditions will be perfect for the grass to grow and produce some well needed milk solids and give us all a well-needed pre-season boost before Summer is upon us.

With calving coming to an end, and the tail paint almost ready to apply, we must now prepare to start our cycles again! It makes you realise how fast this year has sped by, with only 3 months until Christmas – bloody heck!!

The winter bulbs season has now finished and working to get all plant stock ready to plant, brings it home how wet it is out there. Still lots of puddles in paddocks, some almost have ponds, at least the ducks love their new found environment! We hope this starts to dry out a bit so we can start getting those crops in soon.

When the conditions are great for grass, they tend to be even better for those pesky weeds! This means our (famous in Ashburton) Agriculture team will be very busy soon!!

And remember, whether you need staff for four hours or four months, give the good buggers at Agstaff a call for all your staffing solutions.

Blair O’Donnell


Wool Prices Gain Ground

Strong wool average prices have risen about 12% in just the last three weeks, sparking hopes they will move steadily off their lows of this year.

The market barometer 37 micron good-to-average full wool sold at $3.52kg/clean at Thursday’s Christchurch sales, a rise of about 40c/kg clean from early August prices, continuing the trend of intervening sales in Christchurch and Napier. While strong wool showed some recovery, finer Merino wool and mid-micron fleece continued to sell at astonishing prices, the best in many years.

Rugby News – Agstaff Mid Canterbury gear up for South Canterbury Clash

North Otago were too good for the Agstaff Mid Canterbury boys over the weekend, taking out the match 31 to 25. With two of the opposition in the bin in the final quarter Mid Canterbury had their chances but it wasn’t to be.

Agstaff Mid Canterbury A on the other hand were clear winners, taking out North Otago Development 46 to 25. It was great running rugby and an exciting spectacle to watch.

See you at the Ashburton Showgrounds next Saturday, September 9th, when Agstaff Mid Canterbury take on the boys from South Canterbury.

Mid Canterbury Rugby Match