Seedlands NZ was started approximately 18 years ago by local Farmers Dave Howey, Tony Howey, Colin Lyon and businessman Greg Fitzgerald. Greg Fitzgerald, who had 20 odd years of experience in the seed industry, acted as managing director and from humble beginnings, Seedlands grew to be the largest seed cleaning facility in South Canterbury. In 2007 the Hilton complex was sold to a third party and Seedlands Ltd was formed.
Local Farmers Murray Turley and Raymond Bowan along with previous owner Tony Howey now own the company along with local Grain storage company "Grainstor" who purchased a 25% share. In late 2007 Mr David Howell was employed as the General Manager to oversee the operation of both Seedlands Ltd and Grainstor Ltd and in early 2008 the decision was made to Purchase land in Washdyke to build a new purpose built building to house a new seed processing facility.
After a frantic 2008, the complex was completed and the first new "Cimbria Delta 107 Super cleaner" was operational for the start of harvest 2009. Following the completion of lines 2 and 3 the official opening was held on April 17th with 150 invited guests. Timaru Mayor Janie Annear officiated.
Seedlands Ltd is now the newest seed processing plant in Australasia , and has the latest technology in both Seed and cereal cleaning and treating.
Seedlands employs 17 staff and is committed to servicing the Arable farming community throughout Mid and South Canterbury.
Photos on this page are from our official opening April 17th 2009