North Island Producer Director & Chair
Carl was born and bred on a dairy farm in the Waikato, and left school early to milk cows. Now he and his wife, Kimberly, live on 50 hectares in Warkworth, just over an hour north of Auckland City.
They started farming Angoras in 2015 and have since received a huge amount of support from within this industry. Kimberly is currently managing the farm operations, which involves 200 mixed age angoras, while Carl spends his week working in a busy corporate role in Auckland (he also sits on another commercial Board). Their farm also runs beef weaners, breeding cows, and many beehives. Carl’s weekends are spent reporting to the Farm Manager, fencing, and doing other fun farming activities.
In 2019, just under 80 of their does were mated to a top Australian buck from Dave Brown, who farms in Waipu (just south of Whangarei).
“It feels great to be able to give back to this farming community through serving on the Mohair New Zealand Board. Feel free to make contact if you are going past and would like to drop in and see the operation, or catch up and talk all things goats!”
South Island Producer Director
Johann grew up on a mixed lamb, beef, and cropping farm in the Orange Free State, South Africa.
He then studied biological sciences at the Rand Afrikaans University of Johannesburg (RAU), majoring in animal studies, and specialising in conservation biology.
During his studies at the RAU he met Veronica and they got married in 1994. Since then they both worked in the environmental research and consulting arena, servicing the agricultural, extractive, and power generation industries.
In August 2009, they emigrated to New Zealand. Once New Zealand, they fell in love with Angoras and moved to a small farm on the Banks Peninsula, where they kept their first 13 goats.
With the help of their daughter, Tarla, they have steadily grown their mob so that it now comprises of some 200 head.
Johanns aim is to continually improve the genetic integrity of his flock to allow the consistent delivery of weaving quality mohair. He is committed to making a positive contribution within the mohair industry of New Zealand, especially considering the strong international demand for mohair.
Marketing Company Representative
John started farming Angora goats in 1978. In 1980 he set up, and ran, NZ Mohair marketing. Additionally, he has been a member of the Mohair NZ board since 1980. John is now a Mohair Warehouse owner in the North Island. He is also a NZ Mohair life member.
Nicky and her husband, Joseph, run a small dryland farm near Oxford. They are currently stocking beef cattle, sheep, and approximately 200 Angora goats.
Nicky grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Waitaki River area of South Canterbury. She has previously worked in a mixture of areas, including; banking, a sales representative for radio, and she also ran her own music school for 12 years. As their farm has grown, Nicky is now full-time on the farm.
Currently, Nicky is chairperson of her local producers’ group, Mohair Producers Canterbury, and Joseph is secretary.
She would love to see this industry grow and strengthen, particularly to have more existing sheep and beef farmers integrate Angoras into their operations.
“We did it in the 80’s, so surely with currently high mohair prices, farming Angoras can become popular again.“
Susie grew up on a family dairy farm in upstate New York, USA, milking 450 cows. In 2004, she graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (with Distinction), majoring in Dairy Science. She then spent the year following graduation working on a 3,500-cow dairy farm in California, USA, doing mostly artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, and embryo transfers on the milking herd.
In July 2005, Susie came to NZ on a 6-month working holiday visa, with intentions to learn about NZ dairy farming systems, travel the country, then return home.
However, Susie then met her husband, Michael Woodward, who was working with her on the same dairy farm in Canterbury. They have since been married, had four children, and most recently purchased their very own 170ha farm in the Waikato.
Susie’s introduction to Angoras was thanks to Michael, and his families background in Angora goats, which first started in the early 1980’s.
She has become smitten with the goats, and they have grown their flock numbers from 10 in-kid does in the spring of 2016, through to 50 goats now. Their future goal is to expand their flock on the new farm to approximately 300.
In the meantime, Susie is using this opportunity as a Mohair NZ board member to learn more about the industry from those more knowledgeable than herself, and will contribute an outside perspective to help strengthen this wonderful diamond fibre industry.