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#053: Isak Staats about how to efficiently handle 32 million kg of wool per year

Isak Staats BKB Wool Academy

Isak Staats is the General Manager for Wool and Mohair at BKB in South Africa. Isak talks about the services BKB offers to wool growers in South Africa. The company handels 32 million kilograms of wool per year. He explains how different technologies help to track the wool within the BKB warehouse. Further, Isak gives insights into the wool industry in Lesotho and the special program BKB runs to employ deaf people.

About Isak Staats

Isak Staats is the General Manager Wool and Mohair at BKB in South Africa. Isak was born and raised on a dairy and irrigation farm in the Northern Cape. He started his career in the fertilizer industry in various positions for the first twenty years of his working life, all over South Africa. In 2002 he completed his MBA. In 2012, Isak joined BKB as the General Manager of the wool and mohair division. Isak is happily married and has three children.

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Key Time Stamps

[00:53] About Isak Staats and BKB

[02:19] The number of wool farmers BKB services

[03:56] Description of the BKB wool warehouse

[05:23] Automation technology at BKB

[09:19] BKB about being certified for the Responsible Wool Standard

[10:53] How does wool vary within South Africa

[13:24] About the wool industry in Lesotho

[14:58] How the merino sheep arrived in Lesotho

[16:57] Wool shearers from Lesotho

[20:04] BKB’s program for the deaf

[23:24] What fascinates Isak about the wool industry

[24:46] Isak’s most favorite moments so far in the wool industry


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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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