Mission Statement

“To develop, manufacture and market a range of stock handling equipment that optimises value for clients through increased stock flow and minimal stress for operator and stock.
Natural stock behaviour will dictate product design and client value will be maximised via cost / safe stock throughput parameter ratios.
National Stockyard Systems does not seek to provide a solution for every requirement, but does seek to provide a product that offers superior value and performance in chosen fields”.

All products are 100% manufactured at our Rutherford NSW factories using Australian Made Steel.

Murray Schaefer - National Stockyard Systems

Murray Schaefer

Managing Director - National Stockyard Systems

“The Lea” Nelsons Plains
Tel: 02 4932 1363  Mobile: 0425 315 913

“The aim of this website is to assist clients to make an informed decision to make your stock work easier with less stress on your stock and improve your overall bottom line”.

Deborah Schaefer - National Stockyard Systems

Deborah Schaefer

Sales and administration

“The Lea” Nelsons Plains
Tel: 02 4932 1363  Mobile: 0410 590 076

Many of our customers have dealt with Deborah over the years with her having been an integral member of the Field Day sales team since the company started in 2005 and from August 2011 she has also been available to assist customers in our office after leaving her corporate job in Sydney to work with the company full time.

Deborah’s practical experience and knowledge in cattle and horses was initially gained from growing up on and assisting with her family’s farming operations at Attunga, Biniguy and Sandy Hollow.

“From personal experience I understand the importance of safe handling equipment that is easy to use by all members of the family. The unique patented features of our equipment, together with the functionally designed plans, steamline the working of cattle so that working in the cattleyards is something to look forward to.”

Gerald Hicks


“The NSS crushes were designed by Gerald Hicks who was directly responsible for many of the innovations that have improved stock handling equipment world wide.

Gerald grew up on the typical family farm in Western Australia and relocated to Guyra on the early 1980’s. He was one of the foundation partners of Ruddweigh Australia in 1980 and designed the Ruddweigh scales and crushes.

In 1990 Gerald founded Carinya Products, designing and manufacturing the full range of Carinya crushes. Metalcorp Steel purchased Carinya Products in 1994 and retained Gerald as manager until he “retired” in 2003.

Gerald owned and operated his own property since leaving the family farm and he has an inherent understanding of stock management.

Gerald designed and manufactured the innovative range of National Stockyard Systems cattle crushes and drafters.

Gerald then retired and since 2015 our crushes and drafters are built in Rutherford.”.

Simon Burrell National Stockyard Systems

Simon Burrell

Sales and Delivery

“Ti-Tree” Mirannie
Mobile: 0429 605 442

Simon grew up on the family beef property running 400 breeders. After attending Orange Ag College Simon went contract farming in the Moree district before returning home.

I enjoy client interaction, experiencing the diversity of our customer operations and seeing first hand seasonal changes and differing land types across Eastern Australia.”

The Experienced Field Day Sales Team

Ken Burkinshaw

Field day sales

“Amaroo” Lockhart
 Mobile: 0427 557 025

“We needed 2 sets of yards. I did my homework very carefully before deciding on National Stockyard Systems. After purchasing the yards Murray approached me and asked if I was able to assist with sales at some Field Days.

I don’t see it as selling but it is a pleasure to have interaction with a great team of people and demonstrating products I believe in”.

Dylan Wade National Stockyard Systems

Dylan Wade


“Ellavale” Dungog
Mobile: 0408  913

Dylan grew up on the family farm at Dungog. Dylan runs his own cattle enterprises, competes in many dog trials and is heavily involved in the local community

“It is a pleasure to communicate with so many different people. Everybody has a different operation and a different story to tell. I learn a lot from them and I enjoy using my knowledge to assist in making their stock work easier.”

Mark Clifton

Field day sales

“Kia-Ora” Gunnedah
Mobile: 0458 432 318

Mark is a 5th generation grazier. Mark grew up on the family farm at Muswellbrook. Mark and Tina operate 2 farms in the Gunnedah area running sheep and cattle. Mark also has a side line earthmoving business.

Mark and Tina are keen horse people and are greatly involved in the local community.

We purchased a complete set of yards in 2006 and we really enjoy processing our cattle through the yards”

National Stockyard Systems: Australia’s best Stockyards: Designed by stockmen for stockhandlers.
Call the National Stockyard Systems team on 02 4932 1363 for a quote and assistance in choosing your next stock yards.

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