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Midlands Contracting

Midlands Contracting

Midlands Contracting was established in 2004 to provide specialist services to the seed industry. The business has diversified with the growth of specialist high value crops grown in Mid Canterbury. There are two main areas of the business for the Contracting team, precision agricultural contracting, along with freight and logistics.

Our focus

  • Modern, state of the art equipment and vehicles
  • Remain at the forefront of technological advancements in precision contracting
  • Accredited to the highest of export standards
  • A dedicated team of experienced operators who are willing to go that extra mile to ensure the job is done to the best of their ability that meets our customer requirements

Agricultural Contracting

The Midlands Contracting team draws on their experience, technical skills and willingness to go that extra mile to ensure the high value vegetable crops that Midlands Seed is involved in, get the best chance of success. The growers and other customers recognise this and utilise their services year after year. The risks of growing these specialist crops are significantly reduced by combining the expertise of the knowledge of Midlands Agronomy and the Midlands Contracting team’s expertise in machinery, soils, diverse mix of crops, and the varying growing conditions across Canterbury and the South Island.

 Of particular importance in growing these specialist hybrid crops are:

  • The GPS precision seeding of spring and autumn crops, with specialist expertise in sowing of vegetable seed crops
  • Plastic laying
  • Crop netting
  • Transplanting
  • Topping
  • Mulching / male removal
  • Inter-Row Spraying
  • Inter-Row Cultivation

In addition to servicing the Midlands Seed grower requirements, this independent company fulfils a number of specialist activities for other seed merchants and independent farmers in Canterbury. These activities are fulfilled with a modern fleet highly specialised equipment, including GPS steerage for precision seeding and inter-row cultivating.

Transport (freight & logistics)

Midlands Contracting operates its own fleet of trucks to manage the loading and transport of export containers to and from port, and cartage of produce from one end of New Zealand to the other.

Midlands Contracting is an accredited seed inspector and recognised as meeting the requirements of section 5.2.5.2 of the MAF Bio security standard PEO.SPR. Seed Certification requirements for the accreditation of operations providing inspection and auditing service. In addition to this Midlands Contracting comply with Midlands Seeds strict internal standards for the standard and quality of cargo that is packed in a container for export by Midlands Seed. Technology is used to ensure documentation can be verified, approvals gained while on the move, with vehicles being tracked to ensure we know where product is at any point in time.

The Midlands fleet of vehicles provides choice in the configuration that can be used to transport containers or general freight across New Zealand.

Midlands Contracting is committed to remaining at the forefront of technology and precision farming, with the most current requirements and certification for export transportation.

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

Midlands Farming

Midlands Farming

Midlands Farming 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.

Midlands Properties

Midlands Properties

Midlands Properties 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.