TeamRead a little more about the Sharpes stockfeed team.
Alastair & Nicky Orsborn
Alastair’s father bought Sharpes in 1937 from John Sharpe, who established the business in Petone in 1899. Alastair grew up in Lower Hutt and has many memories working for his father during school holidays in the factory making Stockfeed.
Farming was the only career Alastair wanted to pursue and on leaving school in 1962 he worked in sheep and beef farming prior to going to Massey University.
A few seasons shearing and farm management preceded Alastair and Nicky’s move to the Wairarapa onto the farm where the Sharpes Stockfeed business was built from very simple beginnings in 1974. The first feed from the Carterton mill was produced in 1975 and the mill operation in Lower Hutt finally closed in the early 80s. Alastair bought his brother’s share in 2001 and nervously went it alone.
Alastair and Nicky were still actively running the farm but the business was growing and Nicky took a more active role in the farm and Alastair concentrated on the challenges of running the feed manufacturing business. Alastair and Nicky have since moved off the family farm, and son Sam with his wife Sara are managing the business.
Alastair and Nicky feel very comfortable taking more time out as the next generation takes over.
Sam is involved in the overall management of Sharpes Stockfeed with his father Alastair. Sam also worked for Baker & Associates as a Sheep & Beef consultant for 15 years, but from 2015 became fulltime at Sharpes Stockfeed and the Orsborn family farming operation.
Sam with his wife Sara and their 3 children (William. Lucy & Olivia) live onsite next to the Sharpes Stockfeed factory, on the family farm.
Marketing & Sales Manager
Sara (nee Coop) is from a farming family in Hawke’s Bay, and married Alastair & Nicky Orsborn’s son Sam in 2008. Sara has previously been in Marketing roles for a number of meat companies, and since 2008 became involved in the family business Sharpes Stockfeed. Sara is out on the road most weeks visiting rural stores and farmers.
Sally has been with Sharpes Stock Feeds since January 2015 and manages all the administration side of the business. Sally is the lady at the other end of the phone when you call the office. She is always happy to help you with your quiery or order.
Phone: 06 379 7445
Lisa has been with Sharpes Stock Feeds since May 2018, and manages the accounts side of the business.
Phone: 06 379 7445
Junior Office assistant
Lucy aged 9, loves to help Sally & Lisa in the office after school and in the school holidays.
Alun has worked both in South Africa and New Zealand as a commercial animal nutritionist across all areas of the livestock industry. His passion is to drive productivity gains in a cost effective manner through the formulation of custom designed feeding strategies that meet the objective of the customer. Alun is able to provide practical advice and solutions to customers looking to optimise animal performance and health. Alun has been working in NZ since 2002.