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#018: Geoff Kingwill About Wool Growing in the Semi-desert

Geoff Kingwill Wool Academy Podcast episode 018

South African Wool Grower Geoff Kingwill, shares insights into what it is like to run sheep in the semi-desert of the Karoo. He explains how holistic management of sheep and land helps reverse desertification. Geoff also explains what all there is to achieve and gain when working together with all parts of the wool industry supply chain. Learn why there is never a typical day in the life of a wool grower, what the Geoff’s different income streams are and how nature is challenging him and his sheep.

 

About Geoff Kingwill

Geoff Kingwill is Chairman of the IWTO Sustainability Committee and serves on the Working Groups dealing with Animal Welfare and the Environmental Credentials of Wool. He runs a farm producing Merino sheep, Angora goats and beef cattle. Mr Kingwill is a past Chairman of both Cape Wools South Africa and the Western Cape branch of the National Wool Growers Association and is currently Vice Chairman of the board of  BKB, a Wool Broker Business.

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Key Time Stamps

[01:00] Introduction
[01:39] About Geoff Kingwill
[02:22] Why Geoff went into farming
[04:24] About Geoff’s farm
[05:24] What do sheep eat in the Karoo being a cold semi-desert?
[06:47] What does a typical day for Geoff look like?
[08:52] Income streams of Geoff’s farm
[11:14] What are the challenges of the wool growing business
[13:17] Geoff’s motivation to engage himself within the international wool industry
[15:25] Benefits of connecting with different members of the supply chain.
[18:01] About holistic management.
[22:53] Wind turbines as an additional income stream
[24:40] What can the wool industry do to support wool growers.

 

About the author, Elisabeth

Elisabeth is the founder and host of the Wool Academy Podcast. She also runs her own consulting business where she supports wool industry businesses with strategic communications and project management.
Elisabeth used to work as the Secretary General for the International Wool Textile Organisation where she developed her passion for wool and the wool industry. Her previous education and work experience equipped her also with a broad set of communications skills.

Elisabeth vision is to see the wool industry thrive which is why she supports wool industry businesses communicate successfully.

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