The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - Lis­more Branch is lo­cated at 21 Krauss Av­enue, South Lis­more NSW 2480 Phone 02 6629 2100 www.mc­gre­gor­gourlay.com.au Opening hOurs 8AM TO 5PM MON­DAY TO FRI­DAY, 8AM TO 12PM SATURDAY

From hum­ble beginnings in 1897, JA McGre­gor & Co was es­tab­lished in War­i­alda NSW as a stock & sta­tion agency. Over the years that fol­lowed the busi­ness ex­panded into ma­chin­ery, grain trad­ing, farm mer­chan­dise, crop­ping in­puts and agro­nomic ser­vices, with the team ex­pand­ing greatly as a re­sult. In 1987 J.A. McGre­gor & Co. was look­ing to ex­pand west­wards, and so with a group of ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal part­ners formed McGre­gor Gourlay Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices based in Moree NSW. Since then, the busi­ness has con­tin­ued to ex­pand to be­come one of the most dy­namic, pri­vately owned ru­ral ser­vice companies in Aus­tralia, em­ploy­ing over 120 staff across 13 branches lo­cated across North West NSW, the NSW North­ern Rivers, and the South West QLD Bor­der Re­gions.

The busi­ness to­day of­fers a highly cus­tomer fo­cused ap­proach and spe­cialises in the ar­eas of chem­i­cals, fer­tiliser, seed, agron­omy ser­vices, ru­ral mer­chan­dise, an­i­mal health, prop­erty and wa­ter equip­ment. The as­so­ci­ated busi­ness of JA McGre­gor Live­stock & Prop­erty also of­fers cus­tomers a full range of live­stock and real es­tate agency ser­vices. With branches lo­cated across the pre­mier cotton, broad­acre, sugar cane, hor­ti­cul­ture and live­stock re­gions of NSW and South West QLD, McGre­gor Gourlay is at the fore­front of agri­cul­ture, help­ing their cus­tomers pi­o­neer pro­duc­tion in new ar­eas across the re­gion and as­sist­ing them to achieve maximum crop po­ten­tial by push­ing new bound­aries in pre­ci­sion tech­nolo­gies.

With a ded­i­cated Agron­omy team, there is an out­stand­ing level of ex­pe­ri­ence across a wide range of crop­ping en­vi­ron­ments which pro­vide grow­ers a prac­ti­cal, per­son­alised ap­proach to crop ro­ta­tion plan­ning that com­bines fi­nan­cial and agro­nomic ob­jec­tives with the longterm goals of the in­di­vid­ual farmer.

McGre­gor Gourlay is lead­ing the way in ap­plied dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy through the launch of their Dig­i­tal Agron­omy team in 2015. The team have been work­ing with grow­ers to make the most of dig­i­tal tools avail­able to im­prove pro­duc­tion in sim­ple, cost ef­fec­tive ways. Group Gen­eral Man­ager Josh McGre­gor is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily to work in the com­pany and is pleased to mark the 120 mile­stone thank­ing cus­tomers and staff. “Keep­ing it lo­cal has been the key to the longevity and growth of the busi­ness, and gen­er­a­tions of great peo­ple are what has made McGre­gor Gourlay the busi­ness we are to­day. To be able to cel­e­brate 120 years of serv­ing the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity is a tes­ta­ment to that”. Mr McGre­gor said.

The North­ern Rivers branches of McGre­gor Gourlay are proud to be cel­e­brat­ing their 3rd an­niver­sary in busi­ness this year, opening in 2014 at Lis­more, Al­stonville, Grafton and Mur­willum­bah with the fo­cus on hor­ti­cul­ture, sug­ar­cane, live­stock and broad­acre crop­ping. McGre­gor Gourlay’s Lis­more branch, lo­cated at 21 Krauss Av­enue, South Lis­more is led by 4th gen­er­a­tion lo­cal Tim Sheridan.

Tim has worked in Agribusi­ness in the Lis­more re­gion for 13 years with strong ties to the lo­cal beef cat­tle in­dus­try. When not ser­vic­ing his cus­tomers and team at the store, Tim can be found at lo­cal sale yards, out in the pad­dock work­ing with his cat­tle or at the lo­cal ju­nior soc­cer.

Keep­ing with the McGre­gor Gourlay philosophy of keep­ing it lo­cal, Tim is also sup­ported in the branch by his father Terry. Terry is well known to farmers across the re­gion in his role as de­liv­ery driver and store­man. Terry has been ser­vic­ing ru­ral cus­tomers in the re­gion going on 30 years.

The Lis­more branch has strong ties to the lo­cal Hor­ti­cul­ture and Broad­acre in­dus­tries. Pro­duc­ers and cus­tomers are sup­ported from within the branch by the com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise of Gavin Arthur and Agronomist An­gus Le­goe. Gavin’s 35 year back­ground in Ma­cadamias and Hor­ti­cul­ture com­bined with his broad knowl­edge of all lo­cal agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries makes him a key ser­vice pro­fes­sional for lo­cal grow­ers. Agronomist An­gus Le­goe has 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence ser­vic­ing broad­acre crop­ping clients. Broad­acre Crop­ping across the North Coast is an ever evolv­ing In­dus­try, with lo­cal farmers al­ways look­ing for new crops to trial in the Coastal Sub Trop­i­cal cli­mate. This keeps An­gus busy pro­vid­ing Agro­nomic ad­vice to pro­duc­ers cov­er­ing Soil and Plant Health, In­sect and Pest Man­age­ment and Plant species selec­tion.

The Mer­chan­dise and An­i­mal Health sales team in Lis­more is made up of Ta­nia Liv­ingston, Libby Chalk and Cameron Black. Ta­nia has also been em­ployed in lo­cal Agribusi­ness ser­vic­ing lo­cal cus­tomers for 25 years. When not hard at work in the branch Libby can found on farm work­ing with her cat­tle or com­pet­ing on the lo­cal cam­p­draft cir­cuit. Cameron is an­other third gen­er­a­tion lo­cal who’s fam­ily have a long back­ground in beef pro­duc­tion and ba­nanas on the North coast.

Tim is very proud of his team in Lis­more and de­scribes them as ‘a great mix of ex­pe­ri­enced spe­cial­ists and en­thu­si­as­tic and knowl­edge­able younger staff’. The Lis­more store will be three years old in De­cem­ber, and Tim is ex­cited about the fu­ture of the McGre­gor Gourlay busi­ness in Lis­more. “It’s been fan­tas­tic to be part of some­thing new, and we’re in­cred­i­bly grateful to our cus­tomers for the sup­port they’ve given and the trust they’ve put in us dur­ing these first few years. Farm­ing across the North Coast is a di­verse and ex­cit­ing in­dus­try, and we’re very proud to be a part of it”.

Cameron Black, Libby Chalk and Tim Sheridan

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