Cultivation » McCarthy Contracting

By: Mccarthy Contracting  06-Dec-2011

McCarthy Contracting runs a seven furrow, Vogel & Noot reversible plough. Vogel & Noot ploughs are known for their ability to plough very hard ground where other ploughs have difficulty. The plough has hydraulic vari-width which means that we are able to plough furrows ranging from 16” to 21”.

Being a European plough, a better finish is achieved, including better weed control through trash being buried properly. This is a reasonably large plough, which enables us to cover more ground quickly without having to increase tractor speed. A better ploughing job means less cultivation is required before the crop is sown.

In most cases once ploughing has been completed, a final seedbed can be achieved with one pass of our three-metre Alpego power harrow and cambridge roller. For different terrain and soil types we operate a range of other cultivation equipment including:

  • Our 5.5m Heavy Tyne Grubber with large trash clearance is primarily used for the first stage of cultivating ground that has not been or is unable to be ploughed. It is also used in combination with our jumbo harrows.

  • 6.5m Maxitill with heavy tynes – used for top working paddocks for minimum tillage

  • James Aerator – 5 Leg aerator for aerating soils particularly ground that has been pugged by stock.

  • Discs – For incorporating trash in difficult vegetation. Enables the trash to breakdown more quickly.

  • Rotary Hoe – Is used to chop up turf or crop residue and for topworking in hard conditions.

  • Power harrow – As mentioned above is often used in conjunction with the cambridge roller. Its main function is to form a seedbed and the tyne configuration achieves this without bringing the trash to the surface in comparison to the operation of the rotary hoe. It also has a leveling board on the hoe to enable the paddock to be leveled out at the same time. It can be operated with a cage or packer roller depending on how firm the final seed bed needs to be.

Our experienced staff are able to look at the ground to be worked and decide what cultivation options are the best for the final result that is required. We offer both direct and roller drilling as mentioned on our drilling page to compete the job.

In other words we have ‘different tools for different tasks’.

Other products and services from Mccarthy Contracting


Mowing » McCarthy Contracting

One operates front and rear mounted Pottinger mowers with a total cutting width of 6m and a 3m Case roller conditioner mower, which can be used for mowing more delicate crops e.g Lucerne and wholecrops.The second subcontractor operates a claas roller conditioner mower. This gives better ground contouring and leaves the crop in two rows for better wilting and drying of the crop.


Bailing » McCarthy Contracting

By producing dense bales of maximum weight means less bales in the field and every load carted is able to reach maximum legal load limits i.e. efficient, economical cartage of feed to its final destination. 15 years later, they still operate New Holland round balers, a NH654 and BR750A with crop cutters and variable chambers producing bales which range in size from 1.2m to 1.8m in diameter.


Wrapping » McCarthy Contracting

The McHale bale wrapper is operated on the front of our Izusu 4WD truck giving the operator full visibility out the front window of the truck during the wrapping operation. The stretch unit can be geared according to different plastic types to achieve a perfectly wrapped bale every time in any crop condition. The McHale hydraulically operated cut and tie system cuts and holds the film in position ready to wrap the next bale.


Drilling » McCarthy Contracting

The drill consists of three rows of inch coil tynes with baker boots for good penetration into hard ground and ideal shattering conditions in heavier soil types. Direct drilling is a low cost operation which enables McCarthy Contracting to keep the drilling cost per hectare at close to half that of other operators.


Cartage » McCarthy Contracting

We also have two subcontractors who can complement our fleet giving us a total of up to 10 trucks to draw on when required. Having our own truck fleet enables us to offer the complete package for all our services i.e. cartage of hay and balage. We provide cartage over a large area of Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, Banks Peninsula and the West Coast. Isuzu EXZ 3 axle tractor tipper with 4 axle B train trailers.