Old buggers strike gold
Gore company on a rollBRIDGET RAILTON IN GORE
An Eastern Southland business started by two blokes having a yarn over the fence last year is set to take on the rest of New Zealand after their growing franchise piqued the interest of a large agricultural support company.
Known for their humorous and often tongue-in-cheek classified advertisements, Us Buggers started up 18 months ago as two mature blokes looking for casual farm work based out of Gore.
Fast forward a year and the two-man operation has since extended to franchise out of Gore, Invercargill and, as of next week, Central Otago.
Founder Dusty McLeod said there were also plans to extend into North Otago after being approached by ''the right type of bloke'' to buy a franchise off them.
''We've requested them to hold on for a bit until we catch our breath,'' he said.
The company was approached by one of New Zealand's largest agricultural support companies looking to get financially involved with the franchise in order to utilise its services.
''And all this started in little old Gore,'' he said.
Mr McLeod insists the successful business really came about by accident and he owes the success to the encouragement of Eastern Southland farmers.
''We were two mature blokes widely experienced in all agricultural work.
''Within a month of first advertising we found we were turning away more work than we could handle.''
The appeal of the business was simple, he said.
''Farmers were telling us it was near impossible to to find blokes like us that could come at very short notice to help them in the busy times like tailing, weaning and so forth.''
The fact that all Us Buggers employees are mature, responsible and experienced also proved popular with farmers who had better things to do than train and then supervise young and sometimes irresponsible workers, Mr McLeod said.
''They've found it near impossible to get experienced labour for short periods with short notice,'' he said.
''They've encouraged us in what we're doing as they found we were satisfying a desperate need.''
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