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Bay de Lautour Wins Industry Award

April 28, 2016

Congratulations to Primary Wool Co-operative Chairman, Bay de Lautour for winning the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Hawke’s Bay.

Bay de Lautour was recognised for his incredible dedication and investment into the New Zealand wool industry at the Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 21. Surrounded by Bay receiving Laurie Downs Memorial Award smallmany of the industry’s best, de Lautour received the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Hawke’s Bay.

A founder of the East Coast Wool Co-op when it was formed in 1974 in Dannevirke, de Lautour was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2000 for services to farming, and remains involved as chairman of East Coast Wool Co-op’s successor Primary Wool Co-operative. It is a 50 per cent owner of CP Wool, which trades locally and internationally, is a major shareholder in New Zealand Yarn and owns the international wool carpet brand Just Shorn.

Primary Wool Co-operative would like to commend de Lautour for his hard work and consistent years of service to the Co-operative, New Zealand wool growers and the industry.

About The Laurie Dowling Memorial Award
The Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to Agriculture in Hawke’s Bay is awarded to a person who largely goes unrecognised and who has contributed significantly through their work or voluntarily and unselfishly, for the betterment of agriculture in Hawke’s Bay. This is in keeping with the ideals of the late Laurie Dowling who was very much a man of the land who was passionate about agriculture in Hawkes Bay, and worked unselfishly to advance farming throughout his consultancy career.

About Primary Wool Co-operative Limited
We are a 100% farmer-owned co-operative, committed to capturing the real value of wool, returning profits to members and supporting industry-good initiatives like Campaign for Wool and  Weekend in A Woolshed.

Primary Wool Co-operative Limited was formed by a group of farmers in 1974 to increase the returns for wool growers. Over the ensuing decades, membership has grown to nearly 1,300 and significant investment and involvement has been made in the NZ wool industry. The proven grower-owned and controlled co-operative structure remains paramount.
Primary Wool Co-operative has a 50% shareholding in Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) and two Primary Wool Co-operative Directors sit on the CP Wool Board to actively represent the interests of Co-operative members.

To learn more about Primary Wool Co-operative Ltd please contact:
Bay de Lautour             
Chairman, Primary Wool Co-operative Ltd
m:027 492 8908
or visit www.primarywool.co.nz