Business Rural Spring 2021

80 | Kinsman Contracting’s extensive fleet Kinsman Contracting harvesting potatoes (above), cutting silage and harvesting maize (below). Kelly Deeks RURAL SERVICES » Kinsman Contracting O ffering a one stop shop for all agricultural work, cartage, and feed sales, South Can- terbury’s Kinsman Contracting is looking forward to a good 2021/22 season, with a mild winter making way for favourable spring weather, and meat and milk prices hitting the high notes. Based in Temuka, Kinsman Contracting oper- ates throughout the wider South Canterbury area, and up to Ashburton every autumn to dig about 800ha of potatoes. It operates out of its main base in Temuka, with satellite branches in St Andrews and Waimate. Although he employs 15 permanent staff, Grant Kinsman is a hands-on owner operator and has been since he started Kinsman Contracting in 1994. Grant was born and bred on a farm near Waimate, and has been an agricultural contractor for 27 years. Kinsman Contracting runs a large fleet of tractors, trucks, and silage choppers, with a spe- cialist Class Xerion 4000 tractor with Claas Disco triple mower. “We use this machine solely for mowing and it dominates our grass harvesting season,” Grant says. “It is a large, specialist ma- chine, with a fully rotating cab, long wheelbase with equal size tyres, and a variety of steering modes which allow us to get power to the ground while treading lightly on the soil.” A fleet of 20 Volvo trucks and trailers include five truck and trailer units fitted with V-bottom bins for carting potatoes. For drilling, Kinsman Tractor & Implement Tyres Cars & 4WD Trucks & Trailers Puncture repairs 24 hour call out Specialising in 9 King Street, Timaru E: 03 688 9358 • 027 610 9020 • Pr ecision Engineering • Tr ansporter Service • Cr ane T ruck Service • Gener al Engineering • Retail Store • Hydraulic hosing • Farm on-site Maintenance L I M I T E D For all your engineering, fabrication, machining, hydraulic and transport needs  Prompt & Efficient Service Get 5% Rebate  55 Springfield Road, Temuka | 03 615 8035 | 027 447 2594 | Specialist Agricultural Independent Feed Measurement & Analysis. Irrigator & Effluent system compliance testing of Application depths & uniformity 1320 Dromore Methvan Rd, RD2, Ashburton | 027 388 6155 |