Last Shepherd: Five Decades in the Wool Industry, by Roger Buchanan
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New Zealand's wool industry has seen turbulent years and for more than 50 of them Roger Buchanan Has been intimately involved. He grew up on the family sheep farm before working for a wool merchant and a wool scour, studying then tutoring at Massey College, then setting out on a long career with successive wool industry statutory organisations. He was the Wool Board's final chief executive.
Last shepherd has been written from a front seat in the industry roller coaster. It is autobiography, industry history, analysis of the industry and its politics — plus many intriguing anecdotes. It includes frank analysis of the successes and failures of the statutory wool bodies. For much of his career the author worked in market development and was one of New Zealand's early 'China hands'. Wool was the stalking horse for New Zealand's trade push into China and Roger took a leading role in this.
This book includes highs, lows and fascinating incidents from his time in China, as well as Japan, USA, India, Nepal, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, as well as from the 'traditional' markets of Britain and Europe.