In 2015 we decided to conduct our sale using a Helmsman Auction System. Alastair was able to offer us a number of practical and targeted suggestions that helped us implement the system more easily. He also worked to support and assist our clients understand how best to participate in the auction in order to secure their preferred animals. Alastair's helpful approach and ability to communicate with producers from a range of backgrounds greatly contributed to the success of our sale and contributed to a high level of satisfaction from our clients who purchased cattle in the auction. We would certainly recommend Alastair and the services of RaynerAg to other breeders, particularly those wishing to offer a high level of professional support to their clients. We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with RaynerAg in coming years.
Ross & Bethany Gibson - Eastbank Devons / Gibson Family Farm Inverell NSW
We have worked with Alastair and RaynerAg since 2103. In that time Alastair has been closely involved in the direction of our herd and marketing decisions. Alastair has been able to offer an independent observation and assessment of our breeding females and our bulls, including sale bulls. He balances this knowledge with practical suggestions regarding our business. As a result of working with Alastair we feel we are making decisions earlier and in a more strategic way. Our aim is to be among the top 20% of producers and working with Alastair is a key component in helping us achieve our goals. We can say with confidence in the past 18 months we can see a reduction in our operating costs and an increase in income. We really enjoy working with Alastair and we would encourage other producers of any size seeking advice to get in touch with Alastair and seek his knowledge and ideas.
Prue & Nick Lee Omega 3 Red Polls
John and I have been working with RaynerAg for the past 18 months. Alastair has been invaluable in helping with the ongoing classification and selection of our herd. During the recent drought having an independent third party to look at our cattle made making decisions easier and his understanding of our environment and business meant his recommendations were helpful and timely. We have used Alastair's services to pregnancy test our herd and this has helped us with decisions about our herd prior to winter. We've recommended Alastair to other producers and we think he would be a great help to any producer looking for a better way to operate their business.
Jill Bockman & John Rhea Tanamerah Red Poll Stud
Alastair has an excellent knowledge of all facets of the Beef Industry. He has been a wonderful asset to our business over the years, and assisted us with many Beef Cattle endeavours.
Alastair has excellent public speaking skills and has demonstrated these on a number of occasions, in particular beef industry conferences that he has acted as MC, and more personally Spry field days we have hosted over the past ten years. Alastair has an exceptional eye for Beef cattle and we believe he is very much in touch with the modern needs of the Australian beef industry and its requirements. Alastair has judged numerous carcase competitions and agricultural shows over the years, thus demonstrating a good understanding of both the commercial and seedstock industries, which will only contribute to the commercial success and growth of Rayner Ag.
Kate Spry - Sprys Shorthorns
“I employed Alastair Rayner on behalf of the South Australian branch of Angus Australia to be a key-note speaker and over-judge at a 2-day beef producer workshop. He had been recommended to me by a colleague for his beef industry expertise and his speaking ability. Alastair exceeded my expectations on his technical expertise and he had an amazing ability to communicate with the audience, even though the participants were from a varied background of skill and experience levels. Not only could he extend the important take-home messages but he could also encourage effective discussions amongst participants for further learning and networking opportunities. Another challenge Alastair had to contend in speaking with participants was a mix of indoor and outdoor venues (including inclement weather) but he was able to still speak with clarity and projection to communicate with his audience.
Feedback was evaluated from the workshop and there was a clear improvement in participant knowledge, skills and confidence in the concepts and messages delivered. This could definitely be attributed to Alastair’s ability and expertise.”
Penny Schulz, Schulz Livestock
Al has been of great assistance selecting replacement heifers in our breeding herd. His attention to structure and muscling has enabled us to select our replacement females earlier and therefore have the time to get these females to joining weight to calve at 2 years old. Alastair has also helped us with our bull purchases. He has worked with us to identify what our herd needs and targeting the right bull to suit our requirements on sale day.