From left to right: Klinton, Gary, Robyn & Kevin Wade with Mark Sayer & Tony Vincent
It's a team effort at Wade Contractors with the whole family doing their bit to ensure the job gets done to the best possible standards for you.
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The Wade family are dairy goat and cow farmers as well as being agricultural contractors and it’s this combination of skill sets which brings a unique understanding of the requirements of their farmer clients.
“Because we are farmers, we know what’s needed on farm and we understand the challenges farmers face,” says Kevin Wade who became an agricultural contractor by chance 33 years ago.
“My father Arthur, who was a contractor from Wardville, had adapted a Ford 5000 tractor for contracting which ended up on my farm and when neighbours saw it, they started asking me to use it to do work for them,” says Kevin who with wife Robyn, was then milking cows and raising a young family on a dairy farm just south of Te Aroha.
As their own farm has developed, now a mix of dairy and goats, the ideas and innovations have continued. Today son Klinton manages the contracting business while their other son Gary runs the new dairy goat, and existing dairy cow farming operations.
Having just recently built a dairy goat milking shed with 40 sets of cups and a spacious goat house for up to 700 goats, they have a unique appreciation for the needs of their clients. Regularly cleaning out the shavings from the goat house is an essential part of the operation and Wade Contractors has the equipment to remove the shavings and either compost or spread them onto paddocks. It’s a service they also offer to other goat and chicken farmers.
“We are keen to develop composting techniques and manage the process for other farmers as we see the material taken from the goat houses as being a very useful input for the farming system,” says Kevin.
Klinton says Wade Contractors also has the skills and equipment to help in the site preparation for new goat or cow houses, poultry sheds, dairies, stand-off pads, water and effluent storage facilities, races, tanker tracks and drainage projects.
The lazer blades the company has designed and built allow for accurate leveling or contouring of construction sites. “We can get it accurate to plus or minus 10mm and have three sets of lazer gear which can be fitted to other equipment as well as the lazer blade,” says Klinton.
Recent large projects include preparing the new Fonterra factory site at Waitoa, earthworks for a very large water storage tank which required very precise contouring, construction and cleaning of effluent storage ponds, using a digger with a 10 metre extension and goat housing site works.
Wade Contractors has five full time staff but during the busy times from February to June, numbers grow to 13. The machinery and equipment that the company uses includes diggers, a grader, rollers, trucks and trailers for sand, metal and fertiliser cartage, tractors and scoops, an effluent spreader, lazer blade and mole plough.
The company offers its services to clients throughout the Waikato.