Andrew started his career working for his family business in England. They farmed pigs and poultry and then expanded into retailing food products in their own shops. After a few years he decided to lease and run his own pig farming operation. After meeting Val and moving to NZ, the original baling business was born in the early 90’s. Baling mainly hay and straw to start with, the advent of tube-wrappers saw demand rapidly grow to service an expanding baled silage market. This coincided with the widespread development of spray irrigation in Canterbury and the dairy conversion era. Expanding the business in line with this growing demand saw the addition of more balers and the need for much larger amounts of straw to be baled for dairy cow feed. Aside from the contracting, Andrew and Val own a dairy farm at Winchmore and another at Alford Forest where they live. The original home farm was purchased in 1992 and run as a mixed grazing and cropping operation, but in 2012 it was converted to an 800 cow dairy farm. Both farms are run by 50/50 sharemilkers. Andrew is an avid fisherman when he has time off, and loves the challenge of chasing game fish. He also enjoys travelling. In a business that can be very frantic and stressful at times, Andrew has always promoted a calm and respectful ethos. This has become ingrained in our team. We are very proud to say that our business is centred around the people that are a part of it and maintaining an enjoyable work environment.
Todd began working for the original baling business back in the year 2000, during summer holidays from University while studying mechanical engineering. After completing his degree he travelled and worked overseas, before meeting Maddie and moving back to Methven in 2006. He then took up a fulltime role helping Andrew with the day to day management of the business. Todd and Andrew saw an opportunity to enter the fine-chop silage market in 2008, starting Jackson & Holmes forage harvesting. Around the same time a feed rep positon was added to reflect the emerging silage and straw trading market. In 2012 both businesses were merged under the current name Jackson Holmes Contracting. Services such as cultivation & drilling, manure & effluent spreading and cartage have since been added. Todd enjoys running, skiing and his own engineering projects in his spare time, as well as travel with his family. He has a passion for agricultural engineering and developing innovative machines & solutions, which is something he hopes to build on in the future. He would like to see the Jackson Holmes Contracting continue to grow steadily and sustainably. Values he believes important are; continual improvement in key areas such as environmental sustainability, safety and staff development. It will be very interesting to see how new technologies can change and improve our business in the future.
Bruce has been with JHC since 2011. He is responsible for trading all types of stock feed. Prior to the shift to feed trading he operated his own shearing business for 34 years. Bruce also has a mixed cropping farm on the outskirts of Methven and leases other land for grazing. In his spare time he is involved in the Methven Clay Target Club, Methven Rugby Club and the Methven A&P Association. Bruce has a wife Robyn and 3 children; David, Red and Sophie.
Harry has grown up around the business from a young age, and has real passion for contracting. After a couple of overseas work excursions to America and England working in harvest crews, he settled into a fulltime role as an operations manager with JHC. He enjoys motorbikes, jet skis and fishing in time off from work. Harry and his partner Cushla, have recently built their first home in Methven.
David grew up near Dublin, Ireland. After school he gained a Science degree in Agriculture and has an extensive arable background, having managed large farms in England. David came to NZ to do a season for us as an operator a few years ago, then returned in 2017 to assume a fulltime role as an operations manager. David has a real passion for contracting and agronomy. This is a great asset as he is also primarily responsible for our cultivation and drilling services. David has a partner, Katie who moved to NZ with him
Sam is a local Mid-Cantabrian, having grown up on his family’s mixed crop, sheep and beef operation near Hinds. He attended Ashburton College and played rugby for Southern. After school he spent a few years on the family farm before a stint dairy farming, then a change of scenery behind a desk at Ecan. Sam and his partner Steph then moved to Canada for a couple of years where he worked as Service manager for a Harvest Crew and Feedlot operation. Outside of work he enjoys hunting, motorbikes and restoring old vehicles..
Tom is a Methven local, having grown up on his family’s mixed cropping farm. He originally joined us through the gateway work experience program with Mt Hutt College. When he finished school he took up a full time role as an engineering apprentice. He has a real passion for engineering and is naturally gifted in the workshop. Tom enjoys hiking, motorbikes and numerous other outdoor sports in his spare time. He is also a member of the Lauriston voluteer fire brigade.
Matt is originally from Bristol, UK. He joined us last year in a truck driving role having spent five seasons working for Mt Hutt as part of the road crew. During his off seasons from Mt Hutt he spent some time driving tour buses in Fiordland. Prior to coming to NZ Matt worked as a mechanic in Australia and he originally studied mechanical engineering after leaving school at home in the UK. In his spare time Matt enjoys working on classic cars including his 1965 3.4S Jaguar.
Val and Andrew moved from England to NZ in the early 90’s after coming for a short working holiday. They have two sons; Harry who is involved in the business and George who is a pilot. Val primarily looks after H&S, payroll, immigration and general admin. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, fishing, gardening and skiing. She used to rear a lot of calves and graze animals on the home farm which has now been converted to dairying. Val also qualified as a Veterinary Nurse which was her career in England and initially when they moved to NZ.
Maddie is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden. She come to NZ on a rural exchange programme in 2005 after completing studies at Agricultural College. She and Todd have two children, Elin and Oskar who go to Methven Primary School. Maddie looks after the feed trading records as well as some general admin work part time in the JHC office. Maddie enjoys the outdoors, horse riding, skiing and gardening in her spare time. She also enjoys rearing beef calves on their lifestyle block each Spring
Glenys is a Methven local. She works part time at JHC and has been handling all manner of administration and accounting responsibilities since 2009. Glenys and her husband Kelvin also run their own contracting business and they have a daughter Taryn who goes to Methven Primary School. Glenys spent a large part of her working career in England writing financial accounting systems for large companies. The jobs often also entailed travelling to many different countries in Europe and Africa to provide training.
Tom is from England. He spent a lot of time operating machinery including driving low-loaders transporting all types of heavy equipment across the UK. He also has a background in engineering having operated CNC machines and worked as a service technician for Lely. He did a season with us driving a truck before taking up a full-time position. Tom is currently working towards residence in NZ. He has a partner; Katie who is also from England.
Bob lives in Christchurch and drives our straw/manure truck primarily. His former career was as a bus mechanic for Pacific Tourways, working on coaches. In his spare time he watches sports and likes tramping. He was a scout and venture leader and enjoys family time. Bob has a partner; Jane and three children Cassandra, Richard and Emma.
James is a born and bred Cantabrian,
having grown up on a local arable farm
near Methven. After leaving school
James completed a diesel mechanic
apprenticeship with Norwood/Gluyas
which gave him the opportunity to work
on many different types of machines.
After 8 years in the workshop, James
then spent the next 8 years Arable
farming before joining us as a cultivation
operator/maintenance tech. James has
a partner and two children.
Michael is a local having grown up and gone to school in Methven. At school he enjoyed competing in mountain biking and snow sports. After leaving school he spent time working on a large arable farm in Australia, before heading back to NZ to take up a position with us. He operated numerous machines and is now responsible for our Allen Drill.
Jeremy originally carried out work experience with us through the Gateway program at Mt Hutt College. He then took up a fulltime position late 2018 and has proven to have a real passion and natural ability for operating machines. Jeremy also has a fantastic attitude towards everything he does, he’s a great example of a motivated and polite young person with a bright future.