Farm Tender

About Farm Tender

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Farm Tender is not only an online buying and selling marketplace for Farmers and associated Agricultural businesses, we are your 'go to' for all things farming.  You will always have us on hand at the touch of button.  Farmers love hearing a human voice and having a chat, at Farm Tender we pride ourselves on our customer service and strive to do this each and every day at the highest level.

Founded by Dwain Duxson in August 2011, a former Sheep farmer himself from a small country town in the Wimmera district, he knew there was something lacking for farmers to buy and sell their on-farm items. On starting the business Dwain identified that buying and selling was heading online and he wanted to create a platform that combined that buying and selling option with next-level customer service, Farm Tender came to life!.  Dwain has a number of visions, ideas and plans, however planted firmly is and has always been the importance of good customer service and making sure you go the extra-step for the client. Dwain currently lives just outside Daylesford where he is enjoying the farming life again.  Dwain now works predominately on the development side of the business and oversees the technology, website and app developers.

The Farm Tender model has evolved since it's inception where it was predominantly a buying service for farm inputs. Farmers kept asking, "why can't I sell items on it", so we decided to head in that direction and it's grown from zero members back in 2011 to over 52,000 Farmer members today.

Farm Tender has added new service levels to the organisation's portfolio since it began, the Prime Ag Centre (PAC) is your online superstore selling everything from new machinery and farm implements to animal health, chemicals and fertilisers.  Farm Tender Auctions is our own auctions platform providing our clients with multiple ways to sell their items with no lock in contracts and low rates. Need finance?, speak with our Team at DelayPay www.delaypay.com.au they will be only to happy to help and now have access to their very own debt funding facility of $20M.  The Farm Tender Livestock Exchange has it's own in-house Livestock Agent, give them a call to chat about your livestock needs or selling. We also have an Ag News section and an advertising platform called Prime Preferred Partners for those wanting to boost their exposure via our site.

OUR TEAM
Paul Grayling from Kerang, (VIC) joined Farm Tender in early 2015. Before joining the Farm Tender Sales team, Paul worked in Rural Merchandising for 5 years. Prior to that worked in Pubs and an orchard in the Yarra Valley. Paul has moved around the country playing AFL football but has settled in Kerang and still coaches football locally whilst keeping himself busy with his young family.

Ellen Garland from Ballarat, (VIC) has shifted from Farm Tender across to the PAC Sales department. Ellen, who started in April, 2015 has worked within Agricultural Business Administration Management for the past fifteen years. Ellen decided that working from home full time was a win/win situation, she can be a part of a dynamic work environment and be home with her young family. Since starting with the company Ellen has had a passion for improving and streamlining the business processes.

Shane Ruyg from the Sunshine Coast (QLD) is a key member of the Farm Tender sales team. Before that Shane worked in the Training Industry (VET), teaching Agriculture in both Cert III & IV for five years. Before this, he was involved in the Chemical and Irrigation industries. Shane was also a very good country AFL footballer and had a long and distinguished career. Shane recently fulfilled a dream of living in QLD and last January moved from Mildura in the heart of the Mallee to the Sunshine Coast, he's still trying to work out the weather patterns!.

Megan Ruyg from the Sunshine Coast (QLD) is originally from Mildura in the Mallee being raised on her parents horticulture property.  Megan joined us at Farm Tender in April 2016 as part of the Administrative Team but has recently taken on the role of Business Services Manager for Farm Tender.  Prior to this Megan worked in both the TAFE education system in the Corporate Services division and the Community Health sector as Team Leader, Client Services which consisted of; Frontline/Reception management, Health Records, Client Management Systems, Service Agreement Targets and Performance. Megan has a passion for good Customer Service and promoting a positive, helpful and friendly environment.

Mike Pickard is part of the Farm Tender sales team. Mike, along with his wife Libby are currently travelling around Australia with Mike working full time, remotely, from the caravan!.  Mike was an Agricultural graduate at Marcus Oldham College. He has owned and managed large pastoral holdings in North Western Qld, also managed a 15,000 acre, zero-till Cropping operation at Goondiwindi. In the last ten years before starting with Farm Tender Mike worked in  the Ag Machinery assembly-repairs field, as a crane Truck operator and escort/pilot vehicle operator with the Case Dealership in Goondiwindi. Mike loves both Rugby Union and Rugby League and does profess to know a little about AFL.

Jim Oehms from Bendigo (VIC) joined Farm Tender in January 2019 and was part of the Prime Ag Centre (PAC) Sales Team until recently when Jim transitioned over to Farm Tender Auctions which he now leads.  Jim grew up in Melbourne and spent most of his time as a Service Technician in a couple of different fields which later turned into Sales positions. Jim moved to Bendigo twelve years ago and spent about seven years in the waste/recycling/environmental industry before making the move into the Agricultural Industry.

Jackie Elliott from Byaduk (VIC) has worked in rural merchandise stores across the Western District for almost ten years before joining the Farm Tender in March 2020.  Jackie is committed to building client relationships and providing long term support.  Jackie’s family farm is at Byaduk and she lives with her partner Dan who also farms locally. Jackie is passionate about supporting her local community and has organised successful events in the district celebrating rural & regional women.

Emma Withers from Glen Innes (NSW) is part of the Administration team and joined Farm Tender in May 2020. After graduating from University, Emma worked in Western Australia as a Landcare Coordinator before moving back to the east coast where she has worked in Finance and Administration roles for the past fifteen years. Emma has a passion for all things farming and agriculture, along with providing a high level of customer service to our members.

Kelsey Miller from North Fitzroy (VIC) has over 15 years of banking and financial services experience. He’s also actively involved in his family’s beef business, located in North East Victoria in the Kiewa Valley. Kelsey is CEO of DelayPay.

Hannah Anderson from Kilmore (VIC) was born and bred on a large sheep and beef property in Tooborac in Victoria.  Early in her career, Hannah worked as a Jillaroo, which led her to pursue further study in Farm Management and Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College.  Hannah began her professional career in the Agribusiness finance sector, and this spanned several years and provided a wide range of experience in terms of farming operations over many different farming regions of Australia.  Hannah and her partner Dave now run a breeding operation in Kilmore.  Hannah commenced with the Farm Tender Sales Team and also the Livestock Exchange role before going across to work with Kelsey in the DelayPay business.

Jack Henshaw from Kempsey (NSW) was raised on the family's beef cattle property.  After finishing Year 12 he moved to Roma (QLD) to take up employment with Landmark as a Livestock Agent/Auctioneer where he worked for the next 8 years, travelling between Roma, Charters Towers, Mareeba, Goondiwindi and Blackall.  Jack has recently moved back to the familys stud and commerical beef operation in Kempsey and in May joined the Farm Tender team as their in-house Livestock Agent heading up the Farm Tender Livestock Exchange (FTLE).  Jack loves both Rugby League and Union.  Contact Jack for all your Livestock needs!.

Farm Tender is committed to providing its clients with the highest standard of customer service and willingness to go the "extra step" to help.  Please don't hesitate to give one of our friendly team a call who will be more than happy to help you with your enquiry.