One of the greatest things about having a well-established family business is the ability to work with other family businesses — and nothing makes us prouder than when these iconic brands are also Aussie made.
Based in Wagga Wagga, Stoll Boomsprays is one of the most experienced and largest specialised spray shops in Australia. Ramsey Bros has proudly been the exclusive South Australian stockist of Stoll’s range of large broadacre sprayers since 2014 and dealing with husband-and-wife duo, Jarrod and Kell Stoll has been nothing short of excellent.
We admire Stoll’s for their innovative machinery, as well as their down-to-earth and honest desire to provide farmers with the best equipment and service, so it’s always a pleasure to catch up with Jarrod and Kell when they’re in SA. A couple of years back, one of these business catch-ups blossomed into a big heart-warming idea, as Jarrod recalls.
“A couple of years ago, Kell and I were over for a field day in SA. As we regularly do, we rounded out the day at the Auburn Hotel with Murray Bridge Branch Manager Linc Ramsey and Group Sales Manager Tim Glover. Inevitably, dinner escalated to one last round… and another last round of drinks… and before we knew it, we’d been there for hours shooting the breeze,” Jarrod remembers.
“We were chatting about the incredible work of Variety the Children’s Charity and their upcoming Bash which Linc was driving in. They do inspiring work supporting kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with special needs. It’s such a good cause and Kell came up with the idea of making a serious donation to help contribute to their work. In our hazy state, we hatched a solid plan and the next morning, we woke up, committed as ever to going ahead with it.
“We set about building a well-stacked sprayer that we could sell and donate the proceeds to Variety. It had a 6,000L tank and a 36-metre boom and all the features, including air bag suspension, hydraulic drive pump, mud guards, electric fence line nozzle.
“Best of all, when we told our staff what we were doing, every one of them put up their hand to volunteer their time to help build it so we could maximise the fundraising effort, which was pretty cool!” says Jarrod.
“Once it was built, we let Ramsey Bros take over the reins and organise a big launch at Adelaide Oval. We parked the machine and tractor covered with a tarp just outside the southern gate and invited all our clients to a dinner where we could unveil the sprayer and hand it over to the farmer who purchased it for a whopping $150,000!
“It was an incredible result and Kell and I were so proud of everyone involved. We’re so lucky to be able to contribute in this way and it was something we wouldn’t have done without our connection with the Ramsey Bros crew.
“I’m sure there will be plenty more great collaborations between us in the years to come. So, if you happen to catch us out together enjoying a few red wines, chances are we’re planning something big!” Jarrod laughs.