Drilling » McCarthy Contracting

By: Mccarthy Contracting  06-Dec-2011

The main benefits of direct drilling crops are the quick establishment from crop to crop, no cultivation of the paddock is required before drilling. 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. This leaves more money in the farmer’s pocket.

McCarthy Contracting operates a Duncan Renovator 19 run direct drill. 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. The drill also has lead discs, which can be lowered and operated when drilling crops with substantial residues e.g straw crops. The drill is easy to calibrate and is fitted with a double seed box for drilling different types of seed concurrently.

Roller drilling is mainly used for establishing grass seed in narrow row spacings. The seed is more evenly spread at an even depth. The grass grows in a carpet type covering in contrast to the drill rows, sometimes up to 6 inches wide, left by other drill types. Roller drilling is ideal for permanent grasses, lucerne and brassicas. Another advantage is that it operates where other drills are unable to particularly in paddocks with a lot of turf.

We operate a Duncan Roller Drill followed by a Duncan Cambridge Roller. It has heavy deep v rings on the roller drill and medium v rings on the roller. Suntrail harrows are used between the tractor and the roller drill to eradicate tractor wheel marks. Chain harrows are used between the drill and the roller to aid in covering the seed.

The same easy to calibrate seed box system is operated on this drill as on the Duncan Renovator Drill. The seed is delivered evenly across the entire 2.95m drilling width.

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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.


Cultivation » McCarthy Contracting

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. 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.


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.