In 1970 William Talbot, a South African engineer, and his son Peter Talbot, bought a small cattle farm near Vaalwater in Limpopo. Soon after, when they stocked the farm with cattle, they began the process of dipping to protect the cattle against ticks and tick born diseases.
The traditional method was to build a plunge dip, through which the cattle had to swim. The construction of this kind of dip was and remains costly, and this combined with the very wasteful use of tickacide made the Talbot's think that there had to be a better, more cost-effective way of achieving the same result.
Peter Talbot decided to build a Spray Race, through which the animals could walk, rather than swim. At the same time, the construction allowed for recycling of the dip mixture. In 1972 the Talbot's exhibited a single Spray Race at the Pretoria Agricultural Show and the product captured the imagination of the farmers.
By the mid-eighties demand for the equipment was so high that Peter Talbot formed an independent company, TAL-TEC (Pty) Ltd., dedicated to the design and production of innovative cattle management equipment.
Peter’s son, Greg Talbot, joined the business in the 1990’s, bringing many new skills to the business. Peter’s youngest daughter, Bronwen Talbot, joined the family business in 2004 and immediately became involved in marketing TAL-TEC, attending agricultural shows and networking in the industry.
Today Greg is the Managing Director of TAL-TEC. Greg runs a tight ship and is an exemplary leader. Having a head for figures, Greg has a strong focus on the accounting side of the business and oversees the engineering function with natural aplomb. These skills ensure TAL-TEC grows from strength to strength each year.
Peter Talbot retired from the business in 2006 after an outstanding 30 years. He saw the business through from the lowest dips to the great excitement of the first state tender. Peter paid his dues in sweat equity attending show after show, year after year, as he built up the business and the TAL-TEC name. He now resides in the Eastern Cape and is enjoying some well-deserved rest. He still provides much advice and support to the team back in Brits.
TAL-TEC experienced phenomenal growth in the late 2000’s, which saw a healthy increase in personnel. Greg has a strong and loyal team that supports him. The company welcomes 48 wonderful staff every morning.
Eldest daughter Wendy and son-in-law Keith now run a TAL-TEC depot on the family farm in Hankey, Eastern Cape. After nine years with TAL-TEC, Bronwen, in 2013, hung up her overalls in Brits and joined the family in the Eastern Cape.
40 years later TAL-TEC continues to faithfully support the Pretoria Agricultural Show (now The Spring Show) one of over 35 shows and events attended annually.
Certainly much gratitude is felt by the Talbot family for the wonderful years of business; which have often come at a price but never without its rewards. “This business is in my blood”, says Greg. And so it will be for many more years to come.