Quality Livestock spreads its wings

New Quality Livestock team members, Liam Ryan, who will service the Victorian Mallee and Southern NSW region, and Livestock Coordinator Tom Bartholomeus.

ADELAIDE-BASED livestock marketer, Quality Livestock, continues to grow, now spreading its wings into Victoria and New South Wales.

Another two members have recently joined the company’s sheep and cattle marketing team, adding a further 25 years of industry experience to the group.

Tom Bartholomeus has been appointed to the role of Livestock Coordinator, while Liam Ryan will now service the Victorian Mallee and Southern NSW region in Quality Livestock’s first major foray into both regions.

Together, the pair combine for more than two decades of diverse industry experience in a number of regions ranging from Broken Hill, SA’s Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and West Coast, through to north-western Victoria.

Originally from Broken Hill and having previously managed properties in three States, in addition to stock agency work, Tom will assist the operations for the independent agency while lending his knowledge to its continued growth in SA and beyond.

“The growth and opportunities ahead for the Quality Livestock business are quite exciting,’’ Tom said.

“It’s currently a challenging period in the industry due to the tough conditions, but we will continue to look to offer producer clients a point of difference from traditional agencies.’’

Now employing more than 20 livestock professionals and administrative staff, Quality Livestock sits alongside Australia’s largest independent wool broker, Quality Wool.

The Australian-owned, family company provides a range of livestock marketing options for sheep, lambs, cattle and stud stock, including market and on-hooks selling, private on-property sales, export and AuctionsPlus online sales.

Liam, a native of Manangatang in Victoria’s Mallee and now based in the Murray River town of Tooleybuc, joins Quality Livestock with an already-established platform to expand on in the region after working from Swan Hill the past seven years.

While he has enjoyed a well-rounded agricultural career including working as a stock and real estate agent, as well as a five-year stint with Tru Test, he said his “real passion’’ had always been working with livestock.

“I’m looking forward to helping grow the Quality Livestock business into Victoria and I feel very lucky to be part of that,” Liam said.

“Since starting in April, my clients have been really positive and I’ve found the company to be very welcoming, helpful and keen to expand its business further east.’’

Quality Livestock Managing Director Mark Dyson said Tom and Liam would provide valuable experience and further energy to the business and wider Quality Wool group.

He said despite the difficult seasonal conditions, the outlook for livestock commodities remained promising and Quality Livestock would continue to target increased competition for producers, together with improved levels of service and support.