Southland based brokers: Jack MeehanTerry CairnsGregor LaughtonAustin Smith Ross McKercharMurray Mitchell


Jack Meehan
Southland, Southern Regional Livestock Manager & Stud Sheep

Mob: 027 432 4284

Jack was born, bred & educated in Southland. On leaving school Jack began his farming career in Northern Southland before moving on to work on properties in both Otago & Canterbury. In 1979 Jack took on his first Management role on a property owned by Landcorp. In 1986 he moved to the Waikaka area to take up further management roles until 2005 when he was appointed to the position of Sales & Marketing Manager for Wairere South Romney’s before joining PW&A Ltd In July 2012

Jack continues to live in Waikaka and will be covering the Southland and Otago areas

Outside his family his interests include rugby, dog trials & harness racing. He is very much involved in the local community of Waikaka and the surrounding district.

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Terry Cairns
Southland, Southern Manager

Mob: 027 491 7069

"Southland born and raised where my family had a farm and transport business. I was educated at Drummond School, St Kevins College and Otago University. My life has been spent working with people and livestock, in farming, the transport industry, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries, the Stock & Station industry and farming 1000 ewes for most of that time.

I was Invercargill Manager of the Southland Farmers Co-op when it was sold to Reid Farmers in 1997 and Ross McKerchar and I then decided to have a go on our own and formed South Stock Ltd. Ross and I ran South Stock Ltd happily and successfully for twenty years with wonderful staff and assistance from a great group of friends. Not a big business but one with a reputation for integrity and sound industry knowledge.

During that time I spent 10 years as Chairman of the NZSSA and had a considerable interaction with MPI, Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers and numerous other government agencies. The work revolved around animal welfare, disease control both endemic and exotic, industry standards and assisting with the formation of new legislation in various forms. 

As with a lot of companies, succession was our next challange and though not imperative, was inevitable. The opportunity to join with Peter Walsh and his team was an option which appealed to us both as Peter operates with similar values, integrity, trust and attention to detail. Along with the rest of our team and our many wonderful, faithful clients who came with us we look forward to a continuation of the camaraderie, humour and enjoyable times we have had into the future.

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Gregor Laughton

Mob: 027 290 6780

Gregor spent his early years in Winton, where his family still farm today. Before he had even left high school, he joined a local shearing gang and spent the holidays working in the sheds. He remained in Southland after leaving school and began shearing. During quiet seasons, he'd keep busy farm labouring or head to the UK to shear. After 12 years in the sheds, Gregor joined PW&A as livestock broker in Winton, servicing clients across Southland. His interests outside of work include following rugby and working with horses on his familys small block.

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Austin Smith
Northern Southland, Southland, Trainee

Mob: 027 208 4053

Austin is a born and bred Southlander spending his younger years in Gore attending secondary school at St Peters College. During Austin’s school holidays he spent time on his grandfather’s farm and as he got older he then started working on both sheep and beef farms around the Gore district gaining knowledge in all areas of the farming sector. He also secured himself a part-time job as a barman in a local pub.
In 2016 Austin attended Lincoln University completing a Diploma in Agriculture and during Mid-2017 was employed by PW&A Ltd as a Trainee Livestock Broker.
In his spare time Austin plays Division 2 Rugby for Albion Excelsior in Gore and spends time with his mates.

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Ross McKerchar

Mob: 027 491 7070

Ross has a long established career in the Stock & Station Industry in the Southland region and has built an extensive client network throughout the farming community.

He has excellent knowledge of the local marketplace and has a wealth of experience as an Auctioneer. He was the founder of ‘South Stock Ltd’ alongside Terry Cairns, which was a successful company up until the recent merger with Peter Walsh & Associates.

Farming sheep and beef on the family farm just outside of Winton in Central Southland, Ross has empathy and understanding of farming and the ups and downs that goes with the industry. 

Ross is known for his honesty, loyalty and trust which are important traits to uphold while working with fellow team members, farmers, professionals etc.

Outside work Ross is a Life member of the Midlands Rugby Club and also member of Winton RSA Bowling Club, Winton Golf Club, Winton Harness Racing Club and Winton Jockey Club.  Ross also enjoys following his sons sporting pursuits which include rugby, cricket and water ski-ing.

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Murray Mitchell

Mob: 027 434 5055

Murray was born and bred in Dipton where he attended primary school before attending Waitaki Boys as a boarder in Oamaru. Murray has had an extensive career in the livestock industry. Starting out as a stock worker in 1966, he then worked as an agent for several livestock companies in Southland and spent 28 years as a beef buyer for Alliance. Murray then made the break and joined Ross McKerchar and Terry Cairns as a South Stock livestock agent. Murray and Pauline raised two children; Matt who now lives in the States with his two children, and Monique who has just shifted back to Winton with her two children. Murray enjoys spending time with his family, Friday nights at the local, fishing, whitebaiting and being out in the garden. He is also an avid sports fan - especially rugby.

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