Richard­sons cashed up af­ter as­sets sold

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Farewell for live­stock trans­port com­pany fol­low­ing suc­cess­ful auc­tion

TONY RICHARDSON and the team at Richardson Bros. can close the door on the live­stock trans­port busi­ness with a smile on their faces, af­ter their as­set sale went well.

The com­pany took its re­main­ing six prime movers and eight sets of B-dou­ble stock crates to auc­tion with Ritchie Bros at the auc­tion­eer’s Yatala yards in May.

Ritchie Bros. mar­ket­ing man­ager David Fan­ning says the com­pany had 1,241 reg­is­tered bid­ders on the day of the auc­tion, with the Richardson Bros stock dis­per­sal at­tract­ing buy­ers from all over Aus­tralia.

Ritchie Bros sold a 2015 Ken­worth T909 6x4 Prime Mover for $200,000, and a 2013 model of the same ve­hi­cle for $155,000.

A 2015 West­ern Star 4900FXT Con­stel­la­tion 6x4 prime mover sold for $185,000, while a 2016 6.3m Tri/A B-dou­ble lead stock trailer sold for $102,500.

The com­pany also sold one 2016 Can­non 12.4m Tri/A stock trailer for $115.000 – the same price as the same model ve­hi­cle one year ear­lier, while a 2015 Can­non 6.3m Tri/A B-dou­ble Lead Stock Trailer sold for $102,500.

The fam­ily be­hind the New South Wales-based live­stock trans­porta­tion com­pany de­cided to close the com­pany ear­lier this year af­ter 30 years of work­ing in the in­dus­try.

Owner Tony Richardson says it had 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.”

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