A field day hosted by Bill and Irene Campbell on their
property near Roxburgh recently was part of the NZGoats
inaugural conference in Queenstown. Discussing fibre issues
are (from left) Bill Campbell, NZGoats chairwoman Dawn
Sangster, of Patearoa, and Irene Campbell. Photo by Yvonne
About 60 people attended a field day at mohair farmers
Bill and Irene Campbell's property in Dumbarton, near Roxburgh.
The field day was part of the Federated Farmers NZGoats
inaugural conference in Queenstown recently.
Originally sheep farmers, the couple now have 500 angora
goats on their 70ha property. They started farming goats
while in Dipton in 1986.
Mr Campbell said when they converted from sheep to goats,
they went from about $40 a stock unit to $70 a stock unit.
Mrs Campbell is the only private goat-fibre classer in the
country and she hand-records their herd's production and
''We enjoy it. We are doing what we want to do,'' she said.
They do their own shearing and the goats are shorn twice a
The kids tend to have finer microns, from 18 to 24. As the
animals get older, their fibre gets coarser.
First-shear kids produce an average of 3kg a year, and adults
about 6kg a year.
Mr Campbell said 90% of the country's fibre was sold to South
''A $60 fleece is an easy target to reach for the year per
Speaking after the conference, Mrs Campbell said they had
heard that their first-shear (superfine) mohair fibre had
reached $NZ40/kg at last week's sale in South Africa.
''At $40/kg, that is the highest price it has been for about
three years,'' Mrs Campbell said.
Once the goats are no longer producing fibre, they are
Mohair New Zealand chairman John Woodward said there was a
real shortage of fibre.
In addition to attracting more people into the goat industry
to meet the high demand for fibre and meat, he would also
like to see fibre characteristics and style developed.
''Now prices are getting up there again, I would like to see
growth in production,'' he said.
''Our current facilities can handle 10 times the amount they
are doing. We had up to 500 tonnes [of fibre produced] in New
Zealand in the past and that has dropped to 30 tonnes a