Cooper Farm Services

Keeping farms running smoothly 24/7



Being available 24/7 and offering a call-out service is all part of Cooper Farm Services’ commitment to their customers. Wayne Cooper strongly believes in supporting his clients as much as possible and says, “If they need something and we haven’t got it, we will do our best to source it.”

 

Cooper Farm Services, based in Carterton, is family owned and operated by Wayne, his wife Michelle, their two sons Ethan and Sam who are in their twenties, plus Craig Burcher, who, according to Michelle, “is part of the family too”.

Craig is a food grade qualified, light fabrication engineer and while this is his specialty, he also does a variety of other engineering work, pump work and has a great knack of sourcing all types of equipment.

The business services lifestylers and the farming sector with dairy machinery and water supplies; this ranges from consultation, design, installation and advice on pumping systems and maintenance.

While the core business is milking machines and anything water related, Cooper’s retail section is vitally important too –  it’s a Master Dealer for Davey Water Pumps and water filtration, plus also dealers for GEA farm technologies (Milfos and WestFalia milking machines).

Cooper Farm Services is operated from the family’s property, in a purpose built workshop and retail outlet. “We used to be in town, but find this is more convenient and offers heaps more parking space for our customers,” says Michelle.

Wayne, who has a certificate in Agricultural Engineering from Massey University, is well qualified to understand the needs of the farming sector, as is Sam, who gained two years valuable experience as a dairy farmer. Ethan, who has worked in the business since 2009, is a milking machine tester and filtration engineer.

Michelle says, “We like the team to attain as much training as possible so we regularly up skill through courses run by The NZ Milking and Pumping Trade Association (MPTA). Currently, Craig, Ethan and Sam are training through Competenz to become qualified mechanical engineers.”

The recent downturn in dairy prices has affected business, but Cooper Farm Services has taken a proactive stance and is building other markets into their client network. “We are now getting into sheep and dairy goat milking. Last year, we installed a milking system for a large, 80-bail dairy goat business, Tuki Tuki Dairy Goats, in Hawke’s Bay,” says Michelle.

This ultra-modern rotary milking shed will eventually process 2,000 dairy goats and Coopers continues with the ongoing maintenance and support of this facility.

“We pride ourselves on being honest and treating our customers like valued friends. In fact, a lot of our customers have become our friends; they form a relationship and trust what we say. This policy keeps people coming back.”

Cooper Farm Services is kept busy throughout the year with irrigation requirements, whether it is pumps that need replacing or implementing new irrigation systems.

Michelle, who takes care of the administrative side of their business, says she values the sound advice of Sharon Parker, Moore Stephens Markhams Wairarapa director. “Both Sharon and Eileen Linton have been great. We’ve been dealing with them for two years and find them very easy to talk to. If we have any problems or questions, we know we can contact them by phone or email and receive a quick response.

“Sharon is very forthcoming in helping us grow our business and having her support gives us added confidence. She has also helped us with bringing Ethan into the business.”




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