Quigley Contracting is a family owned and operated company established in April 2003. We started out with the purchase of a 3×3 square baler, tractor, vee rake, wrapper & a couple of old truck trailers. I also leased tractors and utes from my very supportive parents David & Jill Quigley, whose support is a big part of this companies’ success. My original plan was to focus on servicing Mum and Dad’s sheep farm at Punawai.
The first few seasons, the team was small and it was a Quigley/Donaldson affair. I employed my parents, my wife to be Clare, sister Emma, cousin Alex and neighbour Andrew Donaldson. During the second season, Ricky Taylor started with the company driving the baler which enabled me to spend more time running the business and focussing on how to best serve the needs of clients.
We grew from 1 to 4 balers in the first 2 years, and quickly learned that not all clients want just one sized bale. In 2006 we added our first silage harvester to the fleet. This was a decision which we took after lengthy discussions with many of our local clients. Our clients felt that chopped silage was a service we needed to offer as it provided the cheapest way of moving large volumes of silage.
In 2008 we again expanded the fleet to include 2 forage harvesters, we increased the baler fleet to 8 and acquired trucks and other gear to support the new capacity. Another measure to increase our capacity came in the form of Ricky Taylor, who stepped up to manage and assist with the day-to-day running of the business.
In 2011 we added cultivation and drilling services to our offering. The decision to add these services was stimulated by my decision to purchase and lease land. I was now officially a farmer and while we had plenty of balers, I needed drilling and cultivation equipment that could reliably service a reasonable amount of land. This was the stimulus for our Cultivation and Drilling business. Although, it is fair to say that at times the equipment is so busy servicing other farms that it is not always available for our own work as originally intended!