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Wool NZ announces Glenhope as winner of 2018 Grower of the Year

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Simon and Melissa Turner of Glenhope in Hawke’s Bay have won the Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) Grower of the Year award for the 2017/ 2018 season.

The award acknowledges the Turners’ commitment to producing quality wool to contract specification. All shareholders who have signed up to the WNZ STAPLE programme are eligible to win the annual accolade.

Announcing the winner at the WNZ AGM, Chairman Mark Shadbolt, said Glenhope had stood out this year across all the key judging criteria. "It’s a tough challenge to separate the winners from a lot of deserving growers, but that’s a nice problem to have. It really demonstrates the commitment and focus they have for their own company.

"We established the award four years ago to acknowledge growers who were committed to regular supply, so it’s never been about sheer volume. Rather it’s about commitment to our STAPLE programme, 100% supply of annual wool production year on year, 100% commitment to the Wool Market Development Commitment (WMDC) and commitment to our forward contracts and continually meeting specification and volume contracted."

Glenhope is located in the Puketitiri district 65kms from Napier. The 690 hectare farm was purchased by Simon and Melissa in 2016 from Simon’s family. Some 222 hectares were part of the original farm acquired by Simon’s Great Grandfather Wilfred Turner in 1919.

The farm is a high performing sheep and beef breeding and finishing operation. The Turners currently run just over 5,000 Romney including a small Romney stud. It is a summer safe property with a good mix of flat to hill country. Lambs are shorn mid-January, Hogget’s in October and Ewes in Mid-December - post weaning.

"Wool has been through a rough ride in recent years but we continue to believe in the product. We are backing Wools of New Zealand and its contracts as we believe in their strategy and their vision," says Simon.

The Turners will receive a hand-tufted rug made from Wools of New Zealand wool.

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