John – who also answers to “Chook” – is another son of Mayfield. He grew up on the family farm before heading off to boarding school in Timaru. After finishing his schooling, he returned to the family farm for 10 years. During this time, he complemented the home operation with a leasehold block and also took on a contracting, dipping and tailing business. John joined PW&A in 2007 and continues to live in Mid Canterbury. Outside of work he enjoys following his children’s various sporting interests. John was heavily involved in rugby, as both a player and coach.
Don hails from the Nelson area, where he grew up on the family’s sheep, beef and dairy farm. He started his working life as a butcher and was in the business for 13 years, despite a strong dislike for working inside. When the opportunity arose to become a stock agent in Golden Bay, he jumped at the chance and spent the next 28 years over the hill. As the Bay was predominately dairy country, Don became a specialist in this field and, when he shifted to South Canterbury in the 1990s, he maintained his interest in this sector. Don was the first livestock broker to join PW&A. In his spare time, he’s a keen follower of sport, especially rugby and league.
Raised in the Levels Valley, Dean attended Pleasant Point School, spending holidays working in the shearing sheds as a presser. His first job after leaving school was as a labourer on the chain at the local freezing works. He then took up shearing and spent the next 16 years in the sheds. As well as shearing locally, Dean travelled to Australia, where he worked on runs, shearing Crossbreds and Merinos. He also shore in England and Scotland – a considerably different experience, where shearing involved setting up a mobile unit in the corner of the paddocks and doing the job there and then. Dean competed in shearing competitions and represented New Zealand in the sport. He won an intermediate Golden Shears title and also intermediate and senior titles at the New Zealand Shearing Champs. In 2009, He joined PW&A. Dean is based in the Temuka area, where he services both the strong dairy farming community and local sheep and beef clients. After work, he enjoys a spot of fishing and can be found following his family on the rugby field and around the athletics track.
PW&A was established in 2002 by respected livestock brokers Peter Walsh and Hamish Lane. The pair’s experience in the livestock industry totalled more than four decades when they teamed up.
Peter Walsh & Associates Finance has been set up to strengthen and grow the company’s existing livestock trading business. It specialises in short-term financing (up to 12 months) of day-to-day livestock transactions.
Your sale yard at your fingertips. Peter Walsh & Associates Ltd’s PW&A LIVEBid™ online auction system has been developed to facilitate the online auction selling of livestock.