FARM CONTRACTING SERVICES

We offer a completely unique and professional service, where experienced agronomic advice is combined with practical and experienced machinery operation to implement your pasture programs, and achieve your production goals.

We have a range of modern, well maintained farm machinery to undertake the pasture establishment and maintenance programs for property owners. They include broadacre slashing, precision fertiliser spreading, offset ploughing, deep ripping, seedbed preparation, direct drilling pastures and forage crops, pasture establishment, hay/silage preparation and baling, boom spray application of agricultural chemicals for weeds and insect control.

Although we largely operate farm contracting service in the Upper Hunter region of NSW, we can also transport equipment on a low loader to clients in other areas, if needed, to ensure the job is done right.

This unique service adds major value to clients who do not have the expertise, time or cannot economically justify the high capital investment in farm machinery. Our services can also provide assistance to larger clients who need machinery support to complete key projects within a specific timeframe.

Our modern and well maintained equipment , is ready to help you get the job done right, every time !

Tractors–  110HP  and 135 HP John Deere Tractors.

Seedbed Preparation– 5 m Folding Powerharrows, Offset Disc Plough , Agrowplow Deep Ripper, Chisel Plough, Scarifier, Harrows.

Rock Picking – Schulte 10 ft Rock Rake/Windrower , Schulte Giant 2500 Rock Picker , Stone Picker Scarifier.

Pasture and Crop Sowing. 3m Davimac Baker Boot Direct Drill plus our Duncan 3m DD30 Precision Airseeder with Twin Disc Openers and presswheels.

Fertiliser Spreading- 1 tonne Amazone Precision Twin Spinner Spreader fitted with 1 tonne Bulka Bag Lift Crane and GPS Guidance.

Slashing/Mulching. 15ft Folding Schulte Mulching Slasher.

Hay & Silage Making. 3 m Krone Disc Mower Conditioner, Krone Twin Rotary Rake and our Krone Comprima CV 150 XC Hay and Silage Round Bale/Wrapper all in one

Horse Arena and Racetrack Surface Maintenance . Kiser 10 ft Dragmaster Arena Drag.

We can transport our equipment to major projects if required.

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DECENT RAIN is on its way for much of eastern Australia , over the next 10 days !!! There has been a major positive shift in our weather pattern of recent weeks. There are many factors driving this change. I know we have all seen these models and rain predictions before, which have not delivered , but this system and follow up rain systems developing, are very good and different. The Hunter, Northern Slopes and Tablelands may see in excess of 100 mm over next 10 days.
Steady soaking rain, not storms and gully rakers is what we need in our fragile drought landscape. Look forward to hearing your rainfall recordings !!!!!!!
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RAIN is ALL we would like for Christmas. This is the universal Christmas gift request for 2019 !!! There seems to be a positive change in our weather pattern developing which could bring some rain soon.

Everyone knows of the great poem “Said Hanrahan by John O`Brien, about possibly the most pessimistic farmer – with his constant belief “we`ll all be rooned, says Hanrahan, before the year is out” . I am sure we all get like this at times or know someone like this. Lets remain positive.

The poem does well define life on the land with droughts, floods, bushfires, crops, stock and the like and the cycles that we all know it follows.
Yes this drought is severe and continues, but it will rain again, like all previous cycles ! Reflect on the lessons you have learnt from this experience, and how it will be used in your future management.

Christmas is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for and the importance of family, your health and friends .

A small extract from the “Said Hanahan” poem, as the local farmers gathered around their local Church on a Sunday morning , may be worth remembering.

“If rain don’t come this month” said Dan, and cleared his throat to speak,
“we`ll all be rooned”, said Hanrahan, “if rain don’t come this week”
A heavy silence seemed to steal, on all at this remark,
and each man squatted on his heel, and chewed a piece of bark.
“We want an inch of rain we do”, O`Neill observed at last
But Croke “maintained” we wanted two to put the danger past.
“If we don’t get three inches man, or four to break this drought,
We`ll all be rooned” said Hanrahan, “before the year is out.”
In Gods good time, down came the rain and all the afternoon
On iron roof and window pane
It drummed a homely tune.

The poem goes on to describe the rains continuing, bringing lush pastures, bountiful crops and smiling faces on district folk.These days will come again, here too.

Thank you everyone for your tremendous support and interest on our Facebook page this year. There will be lots to discuss and talk about in 2020.
All the very best to you from our family to you and your families.
Take the time to enjoy this day.
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Is this a sign !!
It is interesting that over the last 2 weeks and again this morning during a client project , we have seen several Goannas in our daily work , in many and different locations, doing their thing and then climbing up a nearby tree. That’s probably more than I have seen in probably 20 years.
Goannas have spiritual significance with the Aboriginal people.
I like this story
The Spiritual meaning of the Goanna, is inner power and strength and hasn’t everyone had to find that in this drought.
Aboriginal elders would say “ if you come by a goanna climbing up a tree, it is calling for RAIN to bring back life to the land, calling to the spirits, who may be willing to listen and send RAIN !!!
We hope the “rain spirits” are listening and willing !
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Our most EXTREME rock picking project now completed !
Most rocks were rockmelon to 20 litre drum size with some larger rocks 60 cm across, as seen in pictures. This work has turned a previously heavily rock covered paddock with limited productivity , poor eye appeal and low land value, into now clean country that can now go under a pasture redevelopment program to greatly improve productivity, safety, usability and value.
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Much of the Upper Hunter was very fortunate to get around 25-50 mm yesterday, with most recordings tending to be around the 20-30 mm bracket. Nice fall , but we all know good follow up rain is needed.
The following table for November rainfall data, provides you with a little insight into the probabilities of certain rain events. Big rainfall events are rare , small single rain events are more the norm, generally less than 20 mm in any single rain event. Getting more than 150 mm in November is very rare with only 5% of Novembers recording over 150mm. The lowest November recording 1mm in 1936 ,highest 177 mm in 1961, with an average around 59mm.

Based on the last 118 years of rainfall data , to get around 25 mm or the old 1 inch of rainfall in a single day recording, like yesterday, is only a 34% chance or 1 in 3 chance. There is only a 3% chance of getting 50 mm in a single fall and no previous recordings of more than 100 mm in a single event.
The chances of getting bigger rainfalls in November obviously increase with extra days eg over 7 days or over 30 day month. For example there is a 53% chance of getting more than 50mm in the month and a 15% chance of getting more than 100 mm. Refer to my table to pick your bets !

Little rain for next week but expecting some rain again around mid November.
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