2016 - 2017

 

Huge thank you to Mick, Robbie, Rachel and Chris for the awesome experience harvesting across NSW.  Made it feel like I was at home!  All the best in the future, thanks again for the once in a lifetime experience.
Nolon 

Can't thank you enough will remember the experience for a life time.  All the best in the future take care
Wyatt 

A big thanks to Mick for letting me operate one of your headers.  I've learnt a lot in the time I've been working with you.  You made sure that I knew when I f.... up and then moved on.  A big thanks to Robbie and Rachel for making sure that we were never in need of anything, and for always being in such a good mood.  Big thanks to Chris for always being so calm and helpful.  I had a good time working for you at Coleambally.
Christen 

2015 - 2016

 

The season with Barclay Ag was challenging and not always easy. But I got a good impression of rural Australia, different Farms and ways of farming. It was very interesting to talk to the different farmers or managers and to see the contractor's side as well!
The accommodation in the Caravan was clean and the provided food was good.
Cheers
Hans

The Australian Harvest was quite the experience.  The crew this year was an awesome bunch of people.  Being able to get a long with everyone definitely made the long hours easy to handle.  Thank you to Mick and Robbie for the opportunity and best of luck in the years to come.
Ry 

I had a really good time working for you guys and I really learned a lot.  I loved making all the new friends with the crew and customers.  Also enjoyed the intimate look at rural Australia.  Thank you Mick and Robbie for the opportunity of all these experiences.  Hope you have a good time in the future.
Ryan 

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the harvest.  It was a great learning experience that will help me grow as a person.  The crew was fantastic to work with (especially on the days off).
Chris 

The Aussie harvest was a great experience, I really enjoyed my time in comine 31.  The rest of the crew were fantastic and I've made some great mates (and Ry)
cheers Strandy
Adam 

Thanks for the great time harvesting in Australia!  It was interesting to see the different ways of farming here and the lifestyle.  Hopefully Chris can strike a deal with #27 and take the business over.  Thanks again
Keith 


Enjoyed travelling and experiencing rural Australia.  The crew was fantastic and accommodation comfy and clean.  Robbie, you are an awesome cook.
Andra 

2014 - 2015

 

Thank you for my time doing the harvest it was definitely an experience that I will never forget.  We had a great laugh and an awesome bunch of guys to work with (except the comedians). It was nice to see and meet all the different farmers and see the different ways of farming. Thanks for the awesome cooking Robbie and for looking after us  We will see you all sometime in the future.  Thanks again to Mick and Robbie 

Ben

It was a great experience, I really enjoyed meeting the variety of people from all over the world and how each person helped out with harvest.  It was awesome how close the crew got, by the end we were family even though we came from Denmark, USA, Canada, England.  The close crew, constant banter on the 2 ways and occasional practical joke made the time fly by and the over 40,000 acres went by too quick.  Al in all a great memory.  thank you Mick and Robbie for looking after us with rides, food, lodging laundry and a great experience.

Edward

Harvesting in Australia is very different from the harvest we have at home, many people have that idea that its more a holiday than harvesting.  But you soon realize that is very hard work, if you want to do so many acres like we did this year.

It requires a good and stable team and lo's of hard work!  This year has been a bit hard to join because of the late arrival, but also a easy year because of the nice weather we have the whole season.  I have met some really different guys's on the team but I'm very happy that I have met them all, I have made a lot of new friendships.

I definitely got some experience I can bring with me home and have for the rest of my life and a lot of good memories.  thanks to Robbie for taking care of me, it was almost better than living at home with my own mum.  Thanks to Mick for the opportunity to join this years team and be a part of it all.  Its definitely not easy to be the boss on all this.  but I really respect the job you did, and can't be mad by the way you did things.  I hope that maybe I am welcome next year or maybe just to a cup of coffee!  All the best 

Rasmus

 

2013 - 2014

"Thank you Mick and Robbie you should be proud of your company, it is very professional.  The crew was amazing and made some good mates.  I learned allot and am sad it is over, thanks"  Chris

"Thanks very much for the great experience, I had a brilliant time, and enjoyed working with a great bunch of lads.  All the best and hope to catch up with you over in America next year.  Right On...."  Dan

"I had a very enjoyable second year here met a very good bunch of lads and learned new things.  Thanks" Robert West

"Overall a very good experience.  Enjoyed working with a good crew.  Met some very friendly farmers who I learned a lot from.  All the machinery is new and well maintained which made it a joy to use.  Thanks for a great time"  David Laird

"A great Australian harvest experience which involved new John Deere equipment, 3000 acre fields and many hot summer days.  Worked with a great bunch of lads and met some very hospitable farmers.  Was a great way to see rural Australia and my personal highlight was wild boar hunting at Haddon Rig.  Thanks for a great time" Nick

"Thank you for a Great Australian Experience.  I have enjoyed working with a very good crew, have made some good mates.  I have met some very friendly and welcoming farmers who I have learned alot from.  Thank you to Mick and Robbie for looking after me"  Charles Parkinson (Parkie)

Dear Robbie and Mick

"Thank you very much for the Great Australian Harvest experience!  I have seen lot's of differences between the Australian and Dutch farms,which gave me the opportunity to learn a lot!  It was a very beautiful time, which I will never forget!  Thank you!"  Wouter van Bommel

"Great experience, had a fantastic time.  Farmers and crew were easy to be with and get along with.  I learned alot about the differences between Montana and Australian cultures, like roping, roos is harder then it looks.  Thanks you Mick and Robbie for the opportunity and experience, enjoyed every minute.  Thanks"  Max.

2012 - 2013

"Good Weather, Good Beer, Good Food, Good Laugh.  Been nice to see a different harvest with different people. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  Thanks"

Guy


"Well like Mick says "Cut the crap and get to the point!" so here goes:  Equipment was awesome (other than wrong color), caravans were comfy, rare new combines so it was great, the crew; Dom swore, Gavin talked... a lot, Guy and Matt drank beer... a lot, Lenny told stupid jokes, all in all it was a great bunch!  The farms, the contour banks in Goondiwindi were annoying but gave ya something to do!, great people at every farm, nice accommodation, good to see different places and operations!  Looking back it's been a good experience and a dream come tru.  Good Luck boys! Mick, don't forget to smile! 

Ryan

 


"It been fun, can't wait to do it again next year will be counting the days"

 

Gavin

 


"Well what can I say on first arriving to Wee Waa and property getting to know everyone and seeing the equipment I thought, this is going to be good experience.  Then seeing four good combines working together was somethin else.  As time went on the banter and conversations(mainly from Gav) got better and started working long hours (Like Mick said "When we go hard we go hard") and seeing acre after acre getting knocked down was sureal.  But all in all it has been a hell of and experience, I can't fault the lads weve had a bloody good laugh with everyone.  thanks for the experience Mick and Robbie, its been good.  Thanks to the lads for the laughs on the late nights and odd times in the pubs) Ha!!"


Matt

(P.S. Claas Combines are the way forward)

 


 

Well after having been in Australia for 5 weeks already I arrived at Micks, low on cash and ready to get going.  And after a week of mucking about in the yard at Wee Waa, finally set off for the first job 300kms away!!  Before that journey I would have never hated the sight of a rare road so much!  Still after a bit more waiting we finally started jumping from farm to farm meeting some real nice farmers and staff (and some not so nice ha ha) but quick as we started we're here at Parkes.  Finished already on December 4th 2012.  If you told me we would knock down #0,000 acres in 7 or so weeks i'd have laughed in your face but now the days have gone by so fast.  It's been one to remember and i'd do it all over again, perhaps in a Claas thou.  Good on ya no.25 you did me well, and cheers Mark Bruce and Jim.  Thanks for the grub!!!.  don't forget to feed Russel a few harvest crew treats!!!

Dominic Chandler

2011 - 2012

"Before coming to Oz I did not know what to expect.  When we got off the train and the two new utes were waiting I could see it was a serious outfit, and when we pulled in to the yard and saw the headers parked up it looked really good.  It was a slow start to the harvest but once we moved up to Queensland it was ll go.  Down through Queensland and NSW all was going well but once we got to Parkes it soon got soggy, good thing we were here and not up in Mungindi or Queensland.  ?But having a good bunch of lads made the down time good fun.  All in all I really enjoyed my time harvesting with Barclay Ag.  Thanks to Mick and all the lads on both the A-team and B-team ha ha." 

Lloyd

 


"I was travelling and an agency called visit Oz where Mick contacted me!  I was very excited when I first came to the job  about how was the machinery, and what about the other lads and how it would be to do an Australian harvest.  But I will say it has been a really good time, working with great guy's and nice new machinery.  It was a bit slow start, and I actually arrived a couple of weeks before the other lads, so for me it was long time to be excited about getting started with harvest!!!  But finally we move the headers up to QLD and pick the two new headers up!!  We have all the time been split in two teams, and over team have all the time worked really well!!  Good guy's to work with.  Unfortunately it started raining shortly after we started and we then went down to Parkes so we have about 10 days without any harvesting.... But good farmers arranged different things for us guys, so that was just perfect.  Lucky it stopped raining again, and we got finished just before Christmas.  All in all really good time with Mick, Robbie and the lads, and a good harvest as well!!  Thanks for everything"   

Martin

 


"Coming to Australia ws a very daunting experience.  I remember when Mick offered me the job I had 16 weeks to go and thought it would never come round.  Those weeks flew by and before I knew it I was standing at the airport heading to Sydney.  I was glad the other lads and I had all arranged to meet up in Sydney and head to Wee Waa together.  After getting off the train in Narrabri.  We saw the 2 Barclay Ag Hilux's in the car park and knew right away we were working for a contractor that had the best of equipment.  The start of harvest was slow for myself, Evan and Archie at Minnel North but we managed to have a good laugh down to Garrah to work at the Hunters was a serious eye opener.  Haddon Rig was a very good place to combine.  But not so good when the roads are wet and the chaser bin wheels lock up with dirt.  Down to Parkes we had a good start then suffered heavy rain for 10 days.  Once we got going again we had a good run (only bogging a few times) and managed to finish the harvest  just in time for Xmas.  The 2011 Australian Harvest has been a serious eye opener into the way farmers struggle to get the yielding but it has been an amazing experience. I hope to come back to OZ for the 2012 harvest then over to do the 2000 mile harvest in America in 2013.  I would just like to thank all the boys I have worked with and especially to Mick and Robbie for giving me the chance to experience Australia.  Thank you for everything 

Chucky

 


 

"It has been a very interesting and fun experience.  After a rather slow start things eventually picked up, although I didn't do any where near the amount of hours I expected.  It was nice working on new equipment, even if it was the wrong color. I have certainly learn't allot about farming and a bit about combining.  I would definitely like to experience the oz harvest again and your way of life (beer).  An am now kind of in love with planes, what an experience that was!  Thank you very much for looking after us so well, I've put on weight when I was hoping to loose some, even if we did have a bit of a bumpy start it has definitely been a positive experiences with allot gained.  It has made the experience easier and better to have worked with such a weird and wonderful bunch of lads, who most of the time were up for a laugh, even if they needed a bit of persuading at times.  Thank you Mick, Robbie, Bob and Lesley for looking after me so well.  Now time to enjoy a week on the Gold Coast relaxing"  Thank you all 

Evan Thomas

 


"It has been a very interesting harvest.  When I first got in contact with Mick I did not know what to expect but I was very excited because it was one thing that I really wanted to do before I got to old, when I got off the train and saw the 2 new pickups and thought it was gonna be a really good operation.  I really liked the machinery because they are state of the art because you would be very like to have this kind of equipment back home.  It was a really slow start but after a bit it started and there was some long and good days. Some days it was hard to work with some un needed comments been made but in the end all went well.  I really enjoyed the experience and I'd like to say thank you to Mick and Robbie for the experience and a big thank you to Bob and Lesley for looking after us and cooking and washing our clothes.

 

Tudor Evans

 


"The Australian harvest has been a good experience for me and has shown me lots of different farming ideas.  The highlight for me would be working for some really nice farmers that made us feel really welcome and willing to ansere any questions we had. But what made this experience alot more easier would be the cooks Bob and Lesley who always looked after us and had a laugh. Working with a great crew was also a very good thing even if the Scottish one was hard to understand on the 2 way.  I would like to thank Mick and Robbie for having us".

 

Robert West

 


"For me harvest started when we all left Wee Waa early one October morning, 4 hours later I was parked on the side of the road near Mungindi with a broken fuel pump.... not the best start, but surely t would only be up hill from here:  2 days later I eventually arrived at the first farm near Toobeah Queensland.  It was a good place to works, except for the contor banks!  From there I went to a 30,000 acre farm near Garah, by this time the group had been split in two, at Garah there was me, Chucky, Rob and Archie, we worked some very long days but also met some friendly people and saw a different way of farming compared to the UK.  We then went to Haddon Rig near Warren whih was good until we were stopped by rain.  The roads quickly became almost impossible to travel on and we spent an hour digging mud from under the axles of the chaser-bin and header trailer.  From Haddon Rig we traveled to Parkes where he landscape was more like home.  While there we worked for Jim Cronan and Mark Swift, they were really nice people to work for and I learned a lot from them.  We finished harvest on the 18th of December, giving us enough time to get to the Gold Coast for Xmas.  I am very pleased that I came to Australia afor the harvest.  I was able to see parts of Australia that I would otherwise not have seen.  I learned more about driving a combine. I also was fortunate to work with a great group of lads and have Bob and Lesley to cook for us which made the job alot easier.  finally I would like to thank Mick for giving me the opportunity to work in the harvest."

 

Will Powell

2007 - 2008

"I have completed one full season with mick in 2007 traveling from northern NSW through to the south over a variety of farming. The work is full on and never has a dull moment unless its raining. Had a great time with the crew working with great people and equipment would definitely consider a second season."

Tim

2006 - 2007

"Met some crazy and amazing people on my experience that I will remember for a lifetime. Thanks mick and Robbie for this opportunity your business is something you should be proud of! Great accomidation, equipment and most of all the top quality people I got to work along side! I hope to do it again sometime (if you'll take me back lol)!"

Regards Chris...

2005-2006

"Well it was a fairly good harvest got tonight on the chaser bin had good fund on that got to talk to all the truckies most were pretty interesting.  I always had a good crew to work with nice guys, there was not much complaining out of us and only a few times.  It was a good experience working over here learned many new things about the country and met lots of good people.  After the first job I was promoted to the header, it had its ups and downs, -ucked up on the fuel tank, didn't put the fuel cap on right and that just lead to some great problems quite the learning experience but besides that it was a good time and I will look back on it for years to come".

John Kirk

 


 

"Didn't know what to expect from a contractor in oz, just big scale, with lots of hours.  From the moment I arrived I was introduced to Daz and Leith and moved around with them for the majority of the harvest, meeting up with Mick and the other crew occasionally for a few beers.  Having never driven a header before I didn't want to break to many things and I hope I seceded.  I think it is one of the best ways to see rural oz, at least the eastern two states.  We have all got on well and had a laugh along the way.  The most memorable moments will have to be Daz. first thing in the morning with his trusty brush and my meeting with a truckie at Duncan Ball's.  Have learnt many things during the harvest that will be useful later.  Good experiences at Mark Weston's will be remembered for the hilly land with a few exciting moments and a few times getting bogged in the header, certainly different terrain to back home. Whether it be the hills or vast paddocks with precision drilling at Oodnadatta.  Cheers to Mick for giving e the job plus Robbie for the hospitality at Wee Waa.  Thanks to Daz and Leith for showing me the ropes and having a good few laughs along the way even though I did have to be camp bitch quite a bit of the time."  

Sean

 


 

"Well it was certainly an 'interesting' experience!  Met some good people throughout the job and learned a lot from them.  The Brits dominated over the team which was a good thing.  Being on the chaser bin was good, I got to see things the header drivers didn't.  I soon got used to the barking and shit that was given to me from the header drivers, all fun.  Our team were lucky to have a caravan maid, well close to Sean Ronald for fulfilling that role.  If anyone wants to know an interesting story ask Mick what happened to Sean in Thailand!  The highlight of my time here was seeing a sheep go up the feeder house in the header, I doubt I will see that again.  On a more serious note I learnt a lot and saw things I would not see anywhere else.  Thanks Mick, Robbie and the team."

Quentin

"Didn't know what to expect from a contractor in oz, just big scale, with lots of hours.  From the moment I arrived I was introduced to Daz and Leith and moved around with them for the majority of the harvest, meeting up with Mick and the other crew occasionally for a few beers.  Having never driven a header before I didn't want to break to many things and I hope I seceded.  I think it is one of the best ways to see rural oz, at least the eastern two states.  We have all got on well and had a laugh along the way.  The most memorable moments will have to be Daz. first thing in the morning with his trusty brush and my meeting with a truckie at Duncan Ball's.  Have learnt many things during the harvest that will be useful later.  Good experiences at Mark Weston's will be remembered for the hilly land with a few exciting moments and a few times getting bogged in the header, certainly different terrain to back home. Whether it be the hills or vast paddocks with precision drilling at Oodnadatta.  Cheers to Mick for giving e the job plus Robbie for the hospitality at Wee Waa.  Thanks to Daz and Leith for showing me the ropes and having a good few laughs along the way even though I did have to be camp bitch quite a bit of the time."  

Sean


"Well it was certainly an 'interesting' experience!  Met some good people throughout the job and learned a lot from them.  The Brits dominated over the team which was a good thing.  Being on the chaser bin was good, I got to see things the header drivers didn't.  I soon got used to the barking and shit that was given to me from the header drivers, all fun.  Our team were lucky to have a caravan maid, well close to Sean Ronald for fulfilling that role.  If anyone wants to know an interesting story ask Mick what happened to Sean in Thailand!  The highlight of my time here was seeing a sheep go up the feeder house in the header, I doubt I will see that again.  On a more serious note I learnt a lot and saw things I would not see anywhere else.  Thanks Mick, Robbie and the team."

Quentin

2004 - 2005

"I was here for 1 month.  Most exciting, intriguing month of my life.  I've had the pleasure of experiencing the heart of the Australian outback, I've met nice people everywhere and have built lasting friendships,  I also found out that Aussies don't like "foreigners" on their home territory....(ahh 101) In a month I've learned and seen more than most people dream of.  I will never forget my time here and can't wait to come back again. Jamie"

Jamie Hodson

 


 

"Well what a great experience I have had over here.  It was very good to experience the harvest here.  To ss how everything is done different.  It was a bit hard at times when we were busy but I was expecting that.  i have seen some great country which I would never have seen if I just came traveling.  Most of all I have meet some really good people.  A lot of Micks friends adn people we have worked for have been very friendly and keen to hear about how it is all done over in England.  Plus I have meet a great group of lads that I have worked with through the harvest.  We all got on well and hope to see them and thanks to Mick for being a good boss,  H has been good towards us all and always made sure that we were ok.  Thanks to Mick, Robbie, Tim and Chris for your hospitality and looking after us.  I have had a great time which will be remembered well.  Hope to be in touch sometime many thanks." 

Craig

 


 

"A harvest in Ozzy.  Not to different to the ones back home, do some work, it rains do some more it rains again its all good fun plus you get pissed when it rains so its great.  Its been a great experience working here with Mick, daz and Simon and the other lot, something that I will remember for ever with Mick saying  ..... every two minutes, I didn't think you could use the word so many times in one sentence.  All the people hi Have worked with have been excellent and I think I've learnt a bit off them all, I enjoyed working with all the teachers they were great, and the machinery wasn't bad either.  The tractor and chaser bin were't bad, but if they were blue it would of been a lot better ha ha.  Well thanks so much, Robbie, Chris, and Tim for a great time, and for making us feel welcome, thanks again and hope to see you all very soon keep in touch."

 

Oli

 

2003 - 2004

"The harvest crew of 2003, what a fire, funny and strange bunch of pricks we were. Had a great time talking bollocks for most of the time but also had a magnificent time working with you all."

Adam Gibbins.

 

 


 

"What to Say? Had a great time working and socialising with such an interesting and cohesive bunch a thoroughly ensoxable time - Bowling!"

James Warne

 


 

"Well, where to start! Overall it has been a very enjoyable and interesting experience meeting lots of weird and wonderful people!  Very hard work at times but that is what expected.  Very strange to have worked with 4 other lads who are all different to each other and to have gelled so well...  I think we made a good team overall and as Adam said we did talk a lot of bollochs at times but you have to amuse yourself somehow.  And the boss.... he's pretty good too!  The phase when I was flying down in South Australian will always stick to my mind!!!.

Simon Temperton

 


 

"To make a long story short, it was all absolutely smashing.  I had a great time.  But short is to short so let's make it a long story anyway.  The first job was a good one, although each was a real big stressed out....  just not nice.  It was nice to see 7 headers in one paddock..  The people where great and it was nice to live with Daz in a tidy caravan.  Say hi to Jimmy and Justin. Haddon Rig was a great place.  Good people (such drivers as well) and a nice property.  D&J where a bit stupid but that didn't spoil the fun.  Nice to finally express myself and dress up like a woman.  The best place was Cumnock.  Again nice people and beautiful scenery, keep that job ... it's nice".

"In all that time I've done a lot of things which I didn't do before.  Never drove a chaser bin and I had to get into it, but certainly loved doing it.  And we did all that other stuff, flying with an Ag pilot, water skiing and traveled around quite a bit.  it was all a good experience and I'm glad that I did it.  About the people that was the best part.  We all get along really good and I'm sure this has created friend skips-fox-life.  I agree with Simon, a lot of, what we say sows and halfs chtachat (more like "aaah" instead of moe moe") Really, I had some major laughs and Mick, we had a good guy to work for.  I apreciate the whole thing very much. Mick & Robbie, thank you very much.  In 3 months a lot happened and I can prbably fill this whole book.  It's going to be sad to leave and leaving a life of living in carabans and enjoying a beer, of working and travelling, and sharing tears and happyness(ahum) behind.  it would be great to all catch up some day ok you might see me back next year."   Pepi

Papiju Peters

 


 

'Well what a great time I've had 10 weeks sat on a header was just fine for me.  A bit of a slow start but once Pepi and I got our orders from Mick to go at RMI near Gundi it was all go.  It ws a great place to be and all the people we worked with and met apar from Eric were all great every one helped each other and we all got on really well, Jimmy and Justin what great guys hey were best wishes to them from RMI.  We went back to Wee Waa for a days rest much needed then back on the road o Haddon Rig, again rain stopped us from starting and when we did it was slow at first but the all the what came at once so it was all go, that was good thou, and at the end very exhausted.  We all seemed to keep up spirits though and always have time for a 4X or Tooheys, the highlight of Haddon Rig must be the 2nd cut out party or I think it was Lances daughters 18th, Adam Pepi Warrnie and me all go dressed up in drag and gate crashed the party,  Ummm what a night that was.  Then the next job to Cummnock, didn't no what o expect here as Mick kept telling us how nice the Westons were and what a good job it was. I wasn't convinced got there in good time though, and yet another slow start.  But Mick was right Mark and his family, what lovely people they all were spent a bit of time working with Mark and got on really well with him, a cool guy! Just one hiccup there though I seemed to forget that there were hicks about and I lost my comb trailer and I ran over myself.  A little painful to say the least.  Just one more job to go Peter Moon Marks neighbor, this was mountain work great views but a bit scary on the header. All in all a bloody good job.  Must say thank to Mick, Robbie, Chris and Tim for there hospitality and kindness, It's all been great fun meeting all these people we worked with and Micks friends, I wont forget Mick taking us flying and doing some spray runs ummmm a bit of a shocker.  Thanks again and its going to be sad to leave but I hope to see you all again.  Take care and all the best."

Daz

 

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