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Midlands Seed

Midlands Seed

At Midlands Seed, we produce quality vegetable and herbage seeds, dried peas, oilseeds and cereal grains for NZ, Europe and beyond.

The Canterbury Plains, with their combination of excellent soil types, temperate climate and abundant fresh water supply for irrigation, create perfect growing conditions for a large number of arable products. Couple these favourable conditions with the expertise of Midlands Seed Ltd personnel, enhanced by the relationships they have with world renowned research and marketing organisations, and the results are arable products which meet the highest world standards.

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Midlands Apiaries

Midlands Apiaries

Midlands Apiaries is based at Staveley, a small village at the foot of Mt. Somers, (10 minutes south of Mt. Hutt) on the Eastern flank of the Southern Alps, overlooking the Canterbury Plains of the South Island of New Zealand. This pristine location produces some of the world's finest honey's including our creamy rich Clover Honey and our unique Honey Dew.

Our 4000 hives of bees are divided between the foothills area where Honey Dew is gathered, and the fertile plains where the main crop is Clover Honey. A small number of hives are also moved to pollinate blackcurrant and other specialist crops.

New Zealand legislation prohibits the use of any chemicals on crops during the flowering period when the bees are gathering nectar, and throughout our entire flowering operation no chemicals or drugs are used. The bees are not fed on sugar, and using one of the world's most up-to-date honey extraction plants, we are able to extract the honey without applying heat to it. All this, and New Zealand's fresh, pollution free countryside means that our honey is truly pure and natural.

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Midlands Contracting

Midlands Contracting

Midlands Contracting (Ashburton) was established in 2004 to provide specialist contract services to the seed industry. Since the companies inception the New Zealand seed industry has continued to enhance its global reputation for the production of high quality specialty seeds. Midlands Contracting remains focused on positively contributing to this sophisticated industry sector through technical innovation, alongside its commitment to customer service.

The two main areas of enterprise that have been developed are export certified container transportation and precision agricultural contracting.

Agricultural Contracting

In recent years specialist crop production has risen rapidly, with a narrow window of opportunity at various stages of crop management. In recognition of this Midlands Contracting was established to ensure all demands at any given growth stage, are able to be fulfilled. Activities that Midlands Contracting undertakes of particular importance to hybrid seed production in Canterbury are:

  • The GPS precision seeding of crops in the spring and autumn.
  • Plastic laying.
  • Male removal.
  • Inter-Row Spraying.
  • GPS Inter-Row Cultivation.

These activities are all fulfilled with a modern fleet of highly specialised equipment, including GPS steerage for precision seeding and inter-row cultivating.

In addition to servicing the Midlands Seed grower requirements this independent company fulfils a number of specialist activities for other seed production companies and independent farmers in Canterbury.

Please contact Duncan King if Midlands Contracting can provide specialised Agricultural Contracting services that will assist with your farm production.

Transport

Midlands Contracting operates a modern Isuzu tractor unit with a high cube export container compatible 43-foot flat deck semi-trailer. This configuration can transport two 20-foot containers or one 40-foot container or one heavy weight 20-foot container central in the deck. In addition the flat deck 43-foot semi-trailer offers the opportunity to cart a range of freight and equipment including tractors, hay and silage.

The primary role of the transport division is the packaging and cartage of export containers to two deep water ports located at Lyttelton - 90 kms to the North and Timaru - 77 kms to the South. Midlands Contracting’s transport operator is an accredited seed inspector and recognised as meeting the requirements of section 5.2.5.2* of the MAF Bio security standard. In addition, Midlands Contracting comply with parent company Midlands Seed strict internal standards for the quality of cargo that is packed in a container for export. Midlands Contracting Transport division is committed to service and growth. We would be pleased to look at any mainstream or specialist transporting needs, so please call Duncan King now.

* PEO.SPR. Seed Certification requirements for the accreditation of operations providing inspection and auditing service.

Duncan King – Operations Manager
Ph: +64 274 333 352
E: duncan.king@midlands.co.nz

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Midlands Farming

Midlands Farming

Midlands Farming Limited categorises financially the land lease activity undertaken to produce highly specialised seed crops. This Midlands venture was undertaken to ensure that farmers were never offered crops that Midlands Seed were not totally confident of, in regard to the yield, quality and related financial outcome.

At the same time the establishment of this company demonstrates the commitment of Midlands Seed to fulfil total buyer requirements. If you believe you have suitable land available for lease, please contact Jo Townshend or Chris Green at Midlands Seed to discuss in further detail.

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Midlands Properties

Midlands Properties

Midlands Properties Limited was incorporated in 2002, to develop predominantly commercial properties, and was initiated with the purchase of the current Midlands Seed office location and surrounds in Ashburton. The continued growth of this business throughout the South Island means Midlands Properties are actively seeking to secure new tenants.

For the successful establishment of your new premises, please contact Duncan Storrier to discuss your requirements on 0274 320 502.

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Midlands Nutritional Oils

Midlands Nutritional Oils

Midlands Nutritional Oils was established in 2002 with a primary focus to develop, produce, and supply high quality specialty seed oils to the global food, skincare and health product sectors. We specialize in natural nutritional oils and food ingredients rich in essential fatty acids such as Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, Omega 3) and Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). All products are developed with the intent to benefit and promote health and well-being in today's lifestyles.

Our products include:

  • Bulk nutritional oils such as blackcurrant oil, borage oil, hemp seed oil, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, and pumpkin seed oil.
  • Concentrated Specialty Lipids such as GLA 40% and 70%
  • Specialist skincare oils such as meadowfoam seed oil, kiwifruit seed oil, and carrot seed oil.
  • Culinary seed oils such as walnut oil and hazelnut oil.
  • Certified Organic Oils
  • Oil Powders
  • Oilseeds and associated Functional Food Ingredients.

Midlands Nutritional Oils is dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious products from natural sources to our customers. We closely integrate contract growing, product development, oil processing and distribution to ensure that the highest product quality and service are always delivered efficiently to our customers. 

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