Roberts young guns ready to shine

Roberts and its parent company, Ruralco, recognise the importance of providing employment opportunities for young people in all areas of agriculture. Rafe Bell, General Manager for Livestock at Roberts said the Ruralco Livestock Trainee Program provided a stepping stone for the next crop of talent. “We are committed to fostering young people into the industry” he said. “We are lucky to have a great crop of trainees and young agents coming through our business. The ability to learn from our senior agents while being an integral part of our business adapting to our evolving market is a great opportunity for the individuals and the business”.

“The Ruralco Livestock Trainee Program exposes students to a wide range of experiences which will stay with them for the rest of their careers.”

Trainee Roberts Livestock agents Jack Schaeche, Justin Groves and Cooper Lamprey are showing plenty of promise.

Justin Groves
Originating from York Plains, Justin’s first taste of livestock sales began in Year 10 when he completed an internship at Roberts. Today, Auctioneering at the Quoiba Saleyards is one of Justin’s passions and exposes him to all forms of livestock while he gains experience selling cattle. Justin, 19, is currently undergoing the Ruralco Livestock Trainee Program where he has spent time learning from some of the best agents in the Ruralco network. Attending auctioneering school in Victoria has been one of Justin’s favourite experiences in the industry to date.

Jack Schaeche
Growing up in Launceston, Jack is quickly making a name for himself as a future star at Roberts. Jack, who has a background in commercial real estate, was looking for a change of scenery and a new challenge when he made the switch to livestock agency. Jack loves the outdoors, communicating with clients and is never afraid of hard work. Jack is one year into the Ruralco Livestock Trainee Program and has relished the opportunity to learn more about the industry and observe unique differences in saleyard operations across Australia.

Graeme Bligh
Carving a successful career in the Roberts wool industry, Graeme would often work in conjunction with livestock operations where he got to know key people. Graeme’s potential was quickly identified, and he was subsequently offered a job as a junior livestock agent. Graeme has gained a reputation for acquiring new clients and using his strong knowledge of the Roberts network to his advantage. Growing up in Lilydale on Tasmania’s north coast, Graeme loves working in the industry and meeting new people every day.
Cooper Lamprey
Heralding from Sassafras, Cooper is in his second year with the Ruralco Livestock Trainee program and is already showing plenty of promise in his early career. Becoming a livestock agent was a natural choice for 18-year-old Cooper, spending his early years learning from his father, who is also an agent with Roberts. In his line of work, Cooper loves meeting new people every day and enjoys dealing with livestock. Adding to his repertoire, Cooper has recently attended auctioneering school in Victoria as he aims to establish himself as a skilled auctioneer.