Matamata stockyard has new partner
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.
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.