AFTER 48 years in the one job, Greg Spargo will hang up his hat in a couple of weeks for a quieter life pottering around his 10 acre property.
‘Spargs’ grew up around the stockyards, following his dad to sales as a little tacker.
He got his break in the livestock industry in January 1968.
Always one to tell it like it is, Spargs was typically nonplussed with all the attention his retirement notice has garnered.
“There’s not much to say,” he said. “I’m getting out after 48 years – it’s a long, long time.”
Spargs has seen enormous changes to the industry over those years, identifying marketing of cattle and technology in particular.
“Technology has simplified the whole process; in weighing cattle, tracking them with ear tags, tracing their movements, it really has made a massive difference in the industry,” he said.
“It’s so much easier now; when we did the pre-sale weights we’d work day and night to get ready for the sale.
“We did 26 years of that – now it’s all weighed after the sales and all done electronically.
“Back then you’d finish up and then spend two to three hours on the phone every night. There were calls night and day.
“It was terribly demanding back then.
“The younger blokes have got it so much easier now – but then again, the old blokes told me that when I came in, and now I’m telling these blokes.
“They tell me I’m a trail blazer,” he laughed.
Spargs said not much in the industry had stayed the same from when he started out; the cattle are different, transport is bigger, technology has advanced at huge speed.
He did however identify one constant – the essential relationship between an agent and his client.
Spargs’ clients, associates and fellow stock agents are invited to attend his retirement party at the Korumburra Golf Club on Sunday, July 3 from 12pm til late.
“It’s not a golf day,” Spargs clarified. “Haven’t played golf for a few years, but who knows, after I’ve had enough of pottering around the property and domestic duties, I might take it up again.”
Spargs intends to stick around the area, especially as wife Robyn is still working; however the two do intend to get out the caravan and head south to Tasmania to visit their grandchild.