Rich ca­reer comes to close

After 35 years with Pa­cific Seeds, stal­wart Rob McCar­ron is re­tir­ing

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY -

WELL-KNOWN lo­cal face Rob McCar­ron is cel­e­brat­ing 35 years of ser­vice with Pa­cific Seeds after start­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion in Oc­to­ber 1982.

Mr McCar­ron, who works as the Pa­cific Seeds ter­ri­tory man­ager for coastal NSW, north­ern WA and the NT, started work as a de­pot su­per­vi­sor in Dubbo, where Pa­cific Seeds op­er­ated a pro­cess­ing plant in the early 1980s.

Shortly after he moved to a role in Emer­ald, where agri­cul­ture was rapidly ex­pand­ing.

“I was only in Emer­ald for 15 months or so but I loved it, it was some of my best time with the com­pany. Peo­ple in gen­eral were very hos­pitable and friendly,” Mr McCar­ron said.

“I was work­ing in such big open spa­ces and call­ing on farm­ers was a big part of it.

“A lot of the farm­ers had moved up from NSW, Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia and were hun­gry for information and there wasn’t the ac­cess to it that there is to­day.”

Mr McCar­ron moved to Gunnedah shortly af­ter­wards when a job opened up.

“The gen­eral man­ager at the time was re­luc­tant to let me leave Emer­ald after just mov­ing up there, but I con­vinced him to let me move back to my home ter­ri­tory and promised I’d stay in Gunnedah for 10 years and not move again. That was more than 30 years ago.”

At the time, Mr McCar­ron’s sales ter­ri­tory reached from Syd­ney to Forbes and up to Wal­gett and across to the coast, in­clud­ing Coffs Har­bour down to Ta­ree.

“Our ter­ri­to­ries were big­ger back then when we did not have the prod­uct range to sell com­pared to to­day – we’ve got a lot more ter­ri­tory man­agers on the road now,” he said.

“Back then, sun­flow­ers and the Hy­sun range were the dom­i­nant prod­ucts I sold, whereas to­day sun­flow­ers are a mi­nor crop and the canola dom­i­nates.”

“If my mem­ory serves me well, I think I was the first ter­ri­tory in the com­pany to sell $1 mil­lion worth of prod­uct back in the late 1980s.

“As a re­sult, my ter­ri­tory was stream­lined and I con­cen­trated on ser­vic­ing the Liver­pool Plains for the next few years.

“I still travel a lot up and down the coast, and up to the Kim­ber­leys and across the Ter­ri­tory.

“I love it and have re­cently re­turned from a trip to Ku­nunurra and the Ter­ri­tory.”

He said a ca­reer high­light with Pa­cific Seeds had been the ca­ma­raderie within the team and with the farm­ers also.

“I’m still close to a lot of the peo­ple I’ve met along the way within this com­pany, my col­leagues and the farm­ers I’ve met, par­tic­u­larly the farm­ers I have con­ducted tri­als with over the years,” Mr McCar­ron said.

“The com­pany should really have the motto ‘one in, all in’ by now be­cause we’ve really all pitched in over the years to help each other out – par­tic­u­larly be­tween di­vi­sions within the com­pany when the pres­sure was on.”

❝work­ing I was in such big open spa­ces and call­ing on farm­ers was a big part of it.

— Rob McCar­ron

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DED­I­CA­TION: Pa­cific Seeds ter­ri­tory man­ager Rob McCar­ron is re­tir­ing after 35 years with the com­pany.

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