"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."
"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"
"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
"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
"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.
"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".
"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."