No regrets for Peter and Jill Reynolds

END OF AN ERA: Peter Reynolds with his wife Jill have sold up their Mansfield property – Woodstock. The farm was originally selected in blocks of 320 acres by Dr Samuel Reynolds with other family members in 1870 and has been in Peter’s family for 145 years.

IT must take a good deal of courage to sell up what has been part of your generations for almost 150 years, but there always needs to be someone who wants to keep it in the family.

Former Monkey Gully Road farmer Peter Reynolds realised he wasn’t as able as he once was to manage the cattle and found he was letting the farm maintenance slip.

That was the signal for him to consider selling off the 1200 acre farm he and his wife, Jill, had managed for many years.

As an only son in his family, Peter said he faced considerable pressure when he was young to continue on the farm – so much so that he felt there was no other option for him.

Leaving school at 18, he worked on the farm with his father for around 30 years, eventually inheriting it in 1993.

His farm life began in the early 1960s, where the wool price was one pound a pound, so running 6000 fine wool Merino sheep on the farm seemed the way to go, even if it took two shearers almost a month to complete the shearing.

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