PPHS celebrates 25 years of business

Naracoorte-created livestock agency PPHS recently celebrated 25 years of business.

The quarter-century old business started in 1994 when Peter Pinkerton, Robin Steen, Glen Hamlyn, and Michael Palm came together to create PPHS as joint directors.

The rural industry was a tough climate at the time so the four men decided to join forces in an attempt to take on the might of several large and well-established agencies.

Since then, PPHS has grown exponentially and become the leading livestock agency in Naracoorte for both sheep and cattle for over a decade.

The milestone was properly celebrated on Friday March 13, at the Adelaide Convention Centre where over 800 guests joined the original directors and staff to celebrate the company's anniversary.

The four original directors addressed the audience and said the success of the business could be attributed to 'building successful relationships' among family, staff, associated businesses, and livestock producers.

The founding directors also said determination, energy, and ability were the key ingredients that helped to ensure their ambitions were achieved.

The company's current director Richard Harvie gave special thanks and praise to the many producers and staff among the guests.

"You people are the reason we're here, credit goes to you all, great livestock producers who produce wonderful livestock.

"Most of you have ridden out the lows in the industry, and there have been plenty to remember to enjoy the highs we are seeing today," Mr Harvie said.

PPHS has now further expanded to Penola, and co-founder Robin Steen expressed his gratitude for the company's success.

"It has grown much much more than we could ever have imagined when we started," he said.

Mr Steen revealed that when PPHS first launched they were told by established companies that their business would not survive.

"I think we have proven that wrong" Mr Steen said.

Co-founder Michael Palm also extended thanks to the many associated businesses that supplied and serviced the company as well as family members who provided 'unwavering support' behind the scenes.

Richard Harvie mentioned the generosity of some of the producer guests in the room who were collectively finishing over 100 young cattle sourced by PPHS free of charge, as a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

"While the market has moved in our favour, with such generosity from you it looks very likely that we will be able to forward over $100,000 to this wonderful and vital organization," Mr Harvie said.

Over the 25 years, three of the original directors have retired: Peter Pinkerton in 2007, Glen Hamlyn in 2015, and Michael Palm in 2018.