In February we welcomed Lucy Shortis to the team! She has joined the team as Stockyard Sales and Design Coordinator based in Dubbo, NSW.
Here we spent a few minutes getting to know Lucy
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Uralla, northern New South Wales, in the heart of the New England. To the locals it is “God’s country” to others its “cold country”, either way it’s very different to Dubbo that’s for sure
In a nutshell, tell us about your experience with livestock?
Growing up on a family run sheep and cattle property, every family member was involved in farm activities. Shearing and lamb marking were always saved for school holidays so all hands were on deck.
Following school, I followed my love of agriculture and livestock to study a Bachelor of Animal Science in Wagga Wagga. Returning home every holidays to help dad on the farm and work in shearing sheds around the district as a Rousabout. Even now, I still try and get home as much as possible to help.
Now living in Dubbo, most weekends I head west along the Mitchell Highway to my partner’s property near Nyngan. Running a cattle property in the middle of this drought, there is never a quiet weekend. There are always cattle to feed and work to be done. Although I think my official title is “number 1 gate opener”.
What is your memory of being in the sheepyards as a kid?
Sheep work was always a family activity for us, so mostly filled with memories of hard work, laughter and a few (or lots of) stubborn sheep. If only we had Atlex sheepyards
What are you most looking forward to working with Atlex?
I’m looking forward to the chance to travel rural Australia and meeting farmers from all parts of the country. Also learning more about animal psychology and why its so important in stockyard design