Meet our agents

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Chris Paterson 0428 297 227


Chris started his career as an agent with Elders in 1987 and worked in Armidale, Tamworth, Walcha and Goulburn before moving back to Tamworth in 1994.

He opened his own business, Chris Paterson Stock and Station Agent in 1995. During this time he has gained a vast knowledge of the local area and he prides himself on providing professional and honest service.

Chris spends his spare time playing cricket and running Heart Angus Stud, owned by himself and his wife Natalie on their property at Timbumburi.

Scott Newberry 0447 624440 

Chris Gooch 0419334690


Scott Newberry (Principal)

Where are you from originally? Born and bred in Glenn Innes - my dad was an agent.

How long have you been an agent? Nearly 10 years – 8 in Tamworth. I started part time with my father in the family business at Glen Innes and have been involved from "day dot". I can remember kicking around with dad when he was selling sheep for 50c and cattle for $20. Livestock has always been in my family. I also did some part time work in Armidale (while studying agribusiness at UNE) and moved to Wodonga before coming back to Tamworth. Click here to read more

Chris Gooch

Nathan McConnell 0429 653 901

Shane Rule 0427 456878

Nathan McConnell 

Shane Rule

Jon Goudge

Phillip Hetherington  0428680028

Andrew Warden 0467 662 901

Phillip Hetherington (Principal)

How long have you been an agent? Been with Garvin and Cousens for 30 years this year.

Where are you from originally? Born and bred at Dungowan, educated at Farrer.

What’s been the biggest change in your 30 years as an agent? Without a doubt, computerisation. When I started you had a sheep book and a cattle book and away you went. There was an old fellow in the clock house/scales and you’d handwrite the tickets out, when the beast came on the scale he’d slide the ticket in, pull the lever down and it would print the weight on the ticket. You’d then go back to the office and write them all out. It used to be a clock face in the old scale house and there was a certified weighing person and everything was carbon copy – buyer, vendor, agent all got one. Every lot of cattle was weighed. So, computerisation is the biggest change.

Andrew Warden (Principal)

Andrew Warden, affectionately known as "Wardo" is a  Principal at Garvin & Cousens since joining the team in 2011. Andrew is a Loomberah native, and attended Nemingha Primary School & completed High School at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, graduating in 2003.  Andrew won the NSW and Australian Young Auctioneers Competition in 2010/2011 at Sydney Royal Easter Show, scoring himself a trip to Canada where he competed at the 2011 Calgary Auctioneers World Competition. Andrew is married to Hayley and they have two sons, Buck Walter and Maverick Rex. Wardo enjoys hunting, footy and 1kg rib eye!!!

Ian Morgan 0428 668 134

Ben Goodman 0408 668 134

John Rodd 0428 668 663

Ian Morgan (Principal)

How long have you been an agent? Almost 40 years - 30 of these operating in the Quirindi and Tamworth saleyards. During this time I’ve also severed three terms as President of the association.

What’s been the biggest change in your 30 years as an agent? NLIS. (It’s fair to say Ian is not a big fan of the NLIS!)

What do you think is the biggest issue moving forward in the livestock industry? My theory is to maintain the status quo in our business. Saleyards have always been my business and that’s how I will continue to operate until the day I give it away. The saleyards always have been, and always will be, the best way to market cattle. Click here to read more about Ian

Ben Goodman (Principal)

Ben started his agency career in 2007 after returning from the Northern Territory working on stations ‘Newcastle Waters’ and ‘Auvergne’ for the Consolidated Pastoral Company after completing his Higher School Certificate.

Ben is based in Tamworth with a young family and well familiarised with the Tamworth district and surrounding towns. Ben’s client base ranges from Southern parts of NSW to the QLD border and offers a range of marketing ideas and approaches to value add his clients businesses.

Daniel McCulloch 0429 6133 32

Mitchell Swain 0447 446952

Daniel MCulloch (Principal)

As a leader in the industry for more than 14 years, Daniel brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to his role as Managing Director of McCulloch Agencies. Awarded for his auctioneering capabilities, Daniel is also prized in the business sphere, being presented as Young Executive of the year in the 2016 NSW Business Chamber Awards. A proud father of three daughters, and husband to wife Karina, Daniel has a family-orientated approach.

Mitchell Swain

A born and bred local, Mitchell is a well known and reputable community member, with impressive connections and solid relationships. Bringing comprehensive understanding of the livestock industry, from processing facilities, to on-farm operations, Mitchell has a well-rounded and balanced understanding of what's important to his clients. Mitchell thrives on interacting with clientsand values the trust they place in him.

Joel Fleming 0467 725195

Simon Rafferty 0427 110 046

Scott Simshauser 0427 950 454

Eric Miles: 0428172833

Scott Simsahuser

SImon Rafferty

Joel Fleming

Joel grew up in the New England and has spent the past 8 years based out of Tamworth. A good knowledge of both areas and a solid background in the livestock industry gives him all the tools he needs to list, market and sell your livestock. 

"Being around the industry all my life has allowed me to see the transformation of the livestock agency and I believe that this has helped me combine older sales techniques with the technology that is now available to streamline marketing and achieve results quicker."

Sam Payne 0428 667 404

Andrew Bloomfield 0428 667 402

Gary Olrich 0402 432 132

Stuart Bell 0474223332

Sam Payne (Principal)

Andrew Bloomfield (Principal) 

Andrew was born and bred in the New England, growing up on his family's wool and sheep property "Karori" east of Walcha. He still lives in the Walcha district with his wife Lizzie and two young sons and is co-principal of Pitt Sons.

Gary Olrich

How long have you been an agent? Just over 6 years in Walcha. I’m off the land and used to do part time work with agents in Walcha for 10-12 years on sale days so I’ve been associated with the industry for 15-20 years.

What’s been the biggest change in your time as an agent? Mainly the marketing tools. People specialise now – vealers or weaners - and are more business-like. They also do a lot more business from home. Technology has absolutely played a big role in that. Click here to read more about Gary

Patrick Purtle 0428 851704

Sam Plevey 0427 856 223

Purtle Plevey Agencies was established in 2011, previously known as VJ Flett Pty Ltd and prior to this VJ Byrnes & Co, and has had a strong local presence since 1911. The business boasts a strong client base in Manilla, Tamworth, Gunnedah and surrounding northwest NSW and the New England.

Patrick Purtle (Director)

Where are you from originally? Collarenebri

How long have you been an agent? 18 years as VJ Flett and then Purtle Plevey Agencies, and 3 years before that - so 21 in total.

What’s been the biggest change in your time as an agent? The introduction of NLIS changed the dynamic of the cattle business but it now seems to work fairly well. Click here to read more about Patrick.

Samuel Plevey (Director)

Ken Jarrett (Livestock Sales)

Where are you from originally? Born and bred in Dungowan.

 How long have you been an agent?  Started as a yardman in 1989 so been involved in the industry for almost 30 years. I remember my father buying and selling through the Northgate saleyards (now the Northgate Shopping Centre), when I was 2 or 3 buying Devon steers in the 1970’s and then looking at them for a couple of years. 

Angus Newcombe 0427 969 031

Angus Newcombe (Principal)

Where are you from originally? Born and bred in Scone, been in Tamworth for 25 years.

How long have you been an agent? 10 years in Tamworth. Started with Jason Goodwin, a very well respected agent, then moved to Elders before branching out on my own.  (Angus also owns Country Auctions at Nemingha.)

What’s been the biggest change in your time as an agent? More paddock sales, direct selling, Auctions Plus. More people are targeting markets and using more initiative in selling. Click here to read more about Angus