After 35 years (Started 1984) of owning and operating my contracting business I have decided to call it a day and kick back.

Where it all began.

My first job was at Toorakina, Gulargambone.  I started with a second hand JD 7720 combine with a 30' header which I purchased from Bird Farming Equipment.  

I slept in a swag in my ute and worked that combine to it's max.

The next year I built my own chaser bin and ended up working the JD 7720 for four years, by then I was able to purchase a new JD7720 Titon II.  I stayed with Bird Farming Equipment until 2000 when "Birdie" as we called him decided to sell the business.

From there I dealt with Agro Machinery, the company dissolved two years later so I purchased two new JD 9650's from Emmetts at Warracknabeel in Victoria.  I developed a great relationship with Peter Emmett and Barclay Ag Services went from strength to strength.  Peter allowed us to keep the trade which meant we could run four combines. So a long with four combines we were by this time running two Finch chaser bins with our own tractors. 

Logistically it became two hard to source the combines from Victoria and into NSW so we started dealing with Chesterfield Australia and in part Hutcheon and Pearce.

Chesties became the company we dealt with most. 

The harvest run by this time was starting in Queensland and extending to the Central West of NSW.  Each combine was averaging over 6,000 acres and the run was over a 1,000 km's in sometimes just 6 weeks.  The focus was not only doing a good job but being on time for the next job, so we had to work at every opportunity, be productive and not waste a moment of time.

We had our own caravan and the crew slept in the other two vans.  The cooks had their own van and meals were supplied and washing was done and folded. A long haul from my 7720 days in the swag! 

There have been good and bad seasons and like most businesses we have had to overcome some challenges.  I know I have worked hard but I couldn't have done it without my family. The two boys Tim and Chris from a very young age were actively involved and later sacrificed time away from their own jobs to help on the harvest. After doing 12 months harvesting in the USA Chris returned to run half the team for us.  His partner Rachel took the reins on the cooking and caring.  The people in the dealerships, the mechaniccs, spare parts, all played such a big role in keeping the wheels turning.  There was always someone on the end of that phone and there was always a cup of coffee in the dealership rooms!

A special thank you to all of those professional operators from all parts of the globe who gave us their best in a team effort and shared invaluable farming knowledge and forged lasting friendships.

There has been immense satisfaction from growing a business.  I still have a passion for that green machinery but its time to give someone else a go!

When it comes to contract harvesting I reckon three words will sum it up. "Time is Money"!


Barclay Ag Services is a family-owned business that has grown from a grassroots operation in the 80's, to the progressive, custom harvesting operation of today! This growth and success is due to honest hard work, dedication, unsurpassed reliability, and pride in our work. 

These are the reasons why 95 percent of our customers rely on us year after year. 

Mick and Robbie Barclay are the operators of this Australian harvesting business.  

This could be your chance to have a unique summer in Australia working and seeing the southern areas of Queensland and from northern New South Wales to the Victorian border from October through to November/ December.  

Broaden your horizons with new experiences, places, and people "Harvesting the wheat that feeds the world" in Australia this year.  A great Australian experience similar to custom cutters in America or combine harvesting.  A great Aussie experience working with an Australian Contract Harvester.


Barclay Ag Services hires its employees from several countries.  Some of the countries represented in the past include England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Canada.  As harvesters, there are several things that are required of you. 

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Accommodation for our employees is a state of the art modern and are well equipped caravans, 2 X Montana Custom Built Caravans with bunks,TV,DVD and A/C-Sheridan and Hilton.

1 X Paramount caravan for the boss and wife.  We provide three excellent meals per day which are eaten at the caravans or in the field when we're harvesting.

The Harvest

Barclay Ag Services have been harvesting Since 1984.  This unique way of seeing the Australian country would not be possible without the Barcaly family support network.  They do a brilliant job of looking out for their employees.  Work ethics are tough so the job gets done, with some opportunities along the way to have fun.  

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