Work to harvest this season's merino wool clip is well under
way in the high country.
Courier Country took the opportunity to visit the woolshed at
Bog Roy Station, on the shores of Lake Benmore, near Omarama
as the gang from Kurow-based Grant Murdoch Shearing began
Grant and Sharlene Murdoch employ about 30 to work through
the main season. The merino shear runs from the end of July
The couple invests heavily in training, using provider
Mr Murdoch said it was common sense to insist on best
practice in the shed.
It was their job to see the harvest met consumers'
expectation, he said.
At Bog Roy the gang harvested wool from 3800 merinos and 1500
Dave and Lisa Anderson are the fourth-generation occupying
Bog Roy, a property that was taken upby John Anderson in
The couple are contracted through wool broking and marketing
company New Zealand Merino Company to supply customers such
as The Japan Wool Textile Company Ltd (NIKKE), and American
outdoor clothing company Ibex.
Mr Anderson said the importance of quality was brought home
to him when he attended a sale of merino wool in Melbourne.
The sale floor contained ''100s and 100s'' of boxes of wool,
The buyers would walk along each of the rows at a ''good
pace'' leaving less than a minute for any of the wool to make
If any fault was spotted, the lot was immediately dismissed,
Mr Anderson said.
NZ Merino runs its ZQ Merino fibre accreditation programme at
Bog Roy to audit and verify quality practice and standards.
''In the end, the customer is always right and [their]
perception is reality,'' Mr Anderson said.