Richard­son Bros shifts fo­cus from truck­ing

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Live­stock trans­porters Richard­son Bros turns solely to farms af­ter 30 years

“It has been good to me and my fam­ily but I have missed out of a fair bit of other stuff.”

LIVE­STOCK TRANS­PORTERS Richard­son Bros will bring 30 years of serv­ing cen­tral New South Wales and south-east Queens­land to an end next week as the com­pany’s last trucks and crates go to auc­tion.

Owner Tony Richard­son tells ATN it has been a fam­ily de­ci­sion to wind up the com­pany – say­ing that op­er­at­ing the busi­ness along­side the fam­ily’s Sum­mer­hill cat­tle com­pany had been a heavy work­load.

“The pres­sures that us bosses are un­der to try and main­tain good staff – there are plenty of good peo­ple who have worked for me, and still do – but it is a tire­less job,” Richard­son says.

“You have got to be on it the whole time to make sure it runs like clock­work, and it doesn’t al­ways be­cause of break­downs and all types of things …”

At its busiest, Richar­son Bros reached 20 trucks with 15 sets of B- dou­ble crates, ser­vic­ing feed­lots, abat­toirs and ru­ral prop­er­ties out of its Ruther­ford de­pot.

“I am a bit tired of the trans­port game,” Richard­son says.

“It has been very good to me and my fam­ily but I have missed out of a fair bit of other stuff and for the next 10 years or so I want to go back on my farms.”

Hav­ing de­cided to keep some of the ve­hi­cles for Sum­mer­hill, Richard­son will be sell­ing the re­main­ing six prime movers and eight sets of B- dou­ble stock crates at auc­tion on May 17, at the Ritchie Bros Auc­tion­eers yard in Yatala, Queens­land.

“There is a fairly big de­mand for live­stock crates at the mo­ment, the cat­tle cart­ing in­dus­try is very busy, so good tim­ing, I hope,” Richard­son says.

“There’s noth­ing too sad with mov­ing for­ward, that’s the way I look at it, but yes – 30 years to build some­thing up and it doesn’t take too long to get rid of it!”

Ritchie Bros. ter­ri­tory man­ager Adam Doyle says the trucks were late models and the stock crates were both cus­tom-built and “ex­tremely well main­tained”.

“We’ve had an un­prece­dented level of in­ter­est in this gear be­cause Tony’s name is so well re­garded and he re­ally looks af­ter his as­sets,” Doyle says.

Five 2012-2015 T909 and T409 Ken­worths and one 2015 West­ern Star 4900FXT went onto the block, along with 15 trail­ers.

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