Got a fence that needs fixing or some tractor work that needs done?
Then give Anthony and AJ Sewell a call.
The former dairy farmers were looking for a new challenge when they took over the southern franchise of "Us Buggers" two months ago.
Anthony likens it to "hire a hubby" for farmers and the father-and-son are willing to give any farm job a go.
"We've been fencing at Cattle Flat Station, shifting breaks on crops and I've already lambed three ewes," Anthony said.
Us Buggers was founded 18 months ago by Dusty McLeod and was advertised as two mature blokes looking for casual farm work, based out of Gore.
Known for its humorous and tongue- in-cheek advertisements, Us Buggers has attracted widespread support from farmers in Eastern Southland.
Anthony's wife, Leanne, spotted the southern franchise for sale in the paper and thought it would suit her husband who had just finished his dairy farm manager's job at Hedgehope.
Anthony, who has more than 35 years of experience in the dairy industry was enjoying utilising his farming skills "other than standing in a cowshed every day".
"As a dairy farmer you're trapped in a pit but I'm enjoying getting out and meeting new people.
"It's like having a picnic somewhere new every day," Anthony said.
AJ, 29, also has extensive dairy farming experience, was a qualified artificial insemination technician and has worked as a driver in the rural transport industry. Most recently the pair had made some mothering-up pens, spent six weeks shifting crop breaks for a farmer with a bad back and helped set up for a clearing sale at Five Rivers.
They were anticipating being busy over the tailing season and would look to recruit more people to help where necessary. "There seems to be a real shortage of mature people who will turn up and help out with these jobs," Anthony said.
Leanne, who has taken on an administration role with Us Buggers, believed there was a real need for casual farm workers like Anthony and AJ.
"Farmers are often working on their own and they might need a hand.
"It could be for two days or two weeks," Leanne said.
Not one to pass up a new experience, Anthony had even enjoyed lambing his first sheep. "It's much easier than calving a cow that's for sure," he said.
Us Buggers was now covering all of Southland and had been extended into West and South Otago and would soon be moving into Central Otago.
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