'I've got a plan so clever you could pin a feather on it and call it a weka!'
Country Calendar - Stories from our rural heartland. By Matt Philp & Rob Suisted.
Roger has featured a few times now on Country Calendar but this book is a beautiful keepsake that explains who and what is all things Roger Beattie.
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"Roger Beattie is on a roll. The wild sheep breeder, blue pearl farmer and kelp entrepreneur, and, yes, would-be weka farmer, a man who most days has a dozen ideas before breakfast, wants to explain where all this weka business is heading. He kills the quad bike and, for a moment, there's silence.
Somewhere above us on the slopes of Kowhai Vale, one of two farms that Roger owns in precipitous peninsular country across the water from Akaroa, a sheep bleats loudly. Pitt Island wild sheep, a breed that Roger so admired while working on the Chathams that he brought some home to farm, one that pulls together the wild sheep and his other great slow-burning project, the wekas.
The plan is hats. Beanies, to be accurate, as well as blankets, a new category of high-end woollen products exploiting the unique properties of the Pitt Island fleece, which has a helical crimp and a twist that gives it great bounce and stretch.
'It's exceptional wool,' Roger says. 'It's lightweight, resilient, it's got loft, warmth - all the attributes. These hats are unbelievable. They weigh two-thirds of a Merino hat but they're far warmer.' "
Excerpt from the Country Calendar book.