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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In recent days and weeks, we have been making large amounts of wrapped round bale silage and hay with our high density Krone Comprima Xtreme Baler Wrapper all in one machine.
Producers should be looking to conserve their paddocks of surplus summer grass to rebuild on farm feed reserves, produce conserved feed that may be very saleable as drought conditions still exist in many areas. It also cleans up paddocks ready for pre-sow spraying and efficient direct drilling, so you can quickly re-establish winter /spring grazing/ silage or hay crops. Although we are enjoying one of the best summers on record, we also all know these conditions don’t just keep rolling on. You can conserve surplus home grown feed for around $100 to $200 per tonne of dry matter compared to buying in feed for $300 to $500 per tonne. Worth some thought!
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Here is a new and outstanding stand of high density lucerne sown under severe drought conditions in September 2019, and grown on rainfall only! We had prepared and long fallowed this paddock ready for lucerne. We made the decision to sow in September, when things were tough, as we trust our program and the resilience of lucerne. Now here we have an outstanding lucerne stand now under full production. We did a cut today for possible late hay baling, but if not, we will simply bale & wrap into high quality round bale silage.
A great example of what can be achieved with prior and proper preparation, planning, and taking a calculated risk, along with some good luck with recent good rain. Nice reward!
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Subtropical grass pasture can “save your arse”. Here is one of our new Digit Grass based pastures, 8 weeks after sowing, now feeding and growing out our future breeders.
As I have said many times, subtropical grasses are a MUST in every grazing operation.
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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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