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Sharps Grain and Seed Carterton

Published: March 24th, 2015

20150310_140846Founded by John Sharpe in Petone in 1899, the business was built around the needs of the small farmers and particularly horse-drawn transport in the Hutt Valley.

In 1937, Alan Orsborn bought the business and to this day Sharpes is still owned and operated by the Orsborn family.

In the 1950s there were major changes in the feeding of intensive livestock, especially poultry and pigs. Sharpes developed with these changes and is today manufacturing nutritionally balanced rations for all farm livestock. Poultry feeds for egg-laying birds remain the core element of the business.

Alistair Orsborn has just taken delivery of his second new Toyota, a 32-8FD18 to operate at the Carterton facility.