Mata­mata stockyard has new part­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - ABBY BROWN

The Car­rfields Group has taken over El­ders New Zealand’s 50 per cent share hold­ing in the Mata­mata stock­yards.

The Can­ter­bury-based fam­ily com­pany is now in part­ner­ship with the Mata­mata Sa­le­yard Com­pany which owns the other 50 per cent.

The stock­yards were es­tab­lished by the late Ron James and his wife Elaine in April 2006 in a joint ven­ture with El­ders and the Mata­mata Sa­le­yard Com­pany.

The Car­rfields founder, Greg Carr, told the crowd of farm­ers at the open day on Oc­to­ber 5 that they would get to meet the own­ers and talk to them reg­u­larly. The com­pany also showed off its new dairy mo­bile auc­tion fa­cil­ity mar­quee which could be used on­farm.

For the two lo­cal stock agents, John Price and Danny O’Leary, it’s busi­ness as usual. ‘‘Noth­ing has changed but the shirt colour to re­flect the new brand,’’ Price said. He was con­fi­dent that it would be busi­ness as usual at the yards.

The El­ders re­tail stores have also been bought by Car­rfields and sold to Farm­lands.

The Carr fam­ily have built the Carr Group of com­pa­nies over the past forty years in the Can­ter­bury re­gion.

As well as live­stock, the com­pany is mov­ing into ir­ri­ga­tion, con­tract­ing, in­sur­ance, wool and seed around the coun­try.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Founder of Car­rfields, who has taken over El­ders New Zealand’s 50 per cent share hold­ing in the Mata­mata stock­yards, Greg Carr, left, spoke to farm­ers at an open day last month.

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