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Our Story

Holman Tolmie opened its doors in 1982, when Rod Holman and Steve Tolmie felt the Cootamundra district needed a new private stock & station agency to service local livestock producers.

Starting out in the middle of the 1982-83 drought made for challenging beginnings, but with hard work, determination and loyal clients, the business grew rapidly.

In 1994 Holman Tolmie welcomed Cootamundra local Garry James to the team. Following Rod’s retirement in 2003, Garry became a Director of the business. In 2013 Corey Nicholson joined Holman Tolmie, and then in 2015 he became a shareholder in the business.

Over the past four decades, Holman Tolmie has grown to employ 10 full and part time employees, selling sheep and cattle out of the Cootamundra saleyards each fortnight.

Recently, the business expanded into new markets to give clients broader buying and selling options. Holman Tolmie is one of the founding agents at the newly established South Eastern Livestock Exchange (SELX), based just off the Hume Highway on the western side of Yass. We have kept up to date with the growth of the digital marketplace, now also trading on Auctions Plus.

On top of these exciting new advancements, we still provide direct sales of livestock to feedlots and abattoirs across the eastern seaboard, as well as the major supermarkets Woolworths and Coles.

In addition to the above:

  • We are proud members of the RMA (Rural Marketing Agents) which provides us with a nationwide network of independent agencies
  • We can help with marketing of your wool, through our partnership with Schute Bell Badgery Lumby.
Holman Tolmie Team outside office in Cootamundra

Our Staff

Steve Tolmie

Steve Tolmie

Partner / Agent

Steve Tolmie started his career as a stock and station agent in Armidale in 1969 with Winchcombe Carson Ltd. He remained in Armidale until 1972 before he was transferred to Winchcombe’s Sydney office to be the livestock auctioneer at the Homebush saleyards.

In 1973 he was transferred to Orange for about six months before moving to Cootamundra. Winchcombe Carson was subsequently taken over by Dalgetys in 1979.

Steve soon realised that Cootamundra was where he wanted to stay, and the formation of Holman Tolmie with Rod Holman in 1982 was the natural progression.

Steve has been an active member of the local community over the last 40 years.  He was involved with junior soccer when his children were young and has had a lengthy association with horse racing and the local rugby club.  He is currently the President of the Cootamundra Saleyards Committee.

Garry James

Garry James

Partner / Agent

Born and raised in Harden, Garry finished his schooling at Murrumburrah High School. He left school and commenced work with Winchcombe Carson Ltd (Harden) in 1966. After this Garry completed two years National Service. After National Service Garry moved to Forbes with Winchcombes where he continued with his agency career. While at Forbes Garry and Lois were married, and in 1974 they moved to Parkes where he became the area representative. In 1978 the family moved again to Warren where Garry was Branch Manager for Dalgety Winchcombe. By this time Garry and Lois had four children – Terrina, Raymond, Charlene and Sheree. In 1982 the family moved back south to Cootamundra where Garry managed the local Dalgety Winchcombe branch until 1994.

In May 1994 Garry joined Rod and Steve and in 2003 he became a Director of the company. In Garry’s spare time he is the President of the Cootamundra RSL Sub-Branch and also Vice-Chairman of Legacy. When he is not at the RSL or work, he is busy spending time with his family, including nine grandchildren.

Corey Nicholson

Corey Nicholson

Partner / Agent

Born and raised in Forbes, Corey completed his HSC Studies at Red Bend Catholic College in 2009.  During his schooling he was a member of the Cattle Show team and Open A’s Rugby League team. He then commenced a traineeship with Landmark at Wagga Wagga. After 12 months in Wagga, Corey moved east to Yass where he worked with Landmark for a further two years.

In July 2013 Corey joined Holman Tolmie and in July 2015 he became a shareholder in the company. Corey is a member of the local Rugby Union club in Cootamundra and volunteers with the local Rural Fire Service.