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.
While son Sam was working as a farm consultant, he was always involved in financial planning in Sharpes and in the past five years his wife Sara has played a very significant role in growing sales and marketing.
Alastair and Nicky feel very comfortable taking more time out as the next generation takes over.
Phone: 06 379 7445
Mobile: 021 334 258
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. While Sam has been working as a farm consultant, he has always been involved in the financial planning in Sharpes, and now plays a more active role with his father Alastair together at Sharpes.
Sam with his wife Sara and their 3 children (William. Lucy & Olivia) live onsite next to the Sharpes Stockfeed factory.
Mobile: 027 448 4586
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 has been involved with the family business Sharpes Stockfeed. Sara is out on the road most weeks visiting rural stores and farmers. Her favourite saying ” Want Sharp stock, feed Sharpes stockfeed!”.
Mobile: 027 645 3208
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
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.
Dr Julian Waters
Julian has a long and extensive career in practical animal nutrition, feeding and management across all livestock species, both in NZ and many parts of the world, working at both farm and industry levels. Julian is able to provide practical nutritional advice that is cost effective and relevant to farmers and livestock rearers to help them get the best performance from their animals. Julian has been working with Sharpes Stock Feeds since 1998.
Sharpes Stockfeed Team