Like so many agricultural contractors before them, the McCarthy brothers of Ladbrooks near Christchurch used to look upon their business as a stepping-stone to farming, but the enterprise has grown into something more substantial than many farms.
Founded about 15 years ago, McCarthy Contracting Ltd keeps eight loyal staff busy year-round and employs up to 20 in the harvest season.
It all started when Robert who was working for contractors in his local district spotted an opening for round baling. Robert ran the business on his own for two years while his brother Grant, who was then working as a diesel mechanic, helped out at evenings and weekends but rapid growth saw it develop into a dynamic business with year-round work.
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The business covers a wide range of services, denoting the diversity that the McCarthys have actively sought in order to provide permanent work for their staff. Robert McCarthy is emphatic that the contracting industry must be proactive in that area if it is to address what he sees as the two main issues confronting it: compliance costs and retention of skilled staff. "I often hear contractors complaining that they can’t get good staff, but I feel a lot of it is created inside their own gates.
If you have a good forage harvester driver, what do you expect him to do for the other eight months of the year — crawl under a rock?"
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