Moloney Agri: Giving service at the top of the tree
Family-run Moloney Agri have been going strong for 40 years and are still expanding
This week we profile Moloney Agri, the third contractor on the shortlist for the Farming Independent/Zurich Insurance Contractor of the Year 2014 award. The winner will be revealed at the awards ceremony in Dublin next Friday (May 9).
Moloney Agri is a family-run agricultural contracting and tree care company based in Clogheen, Co Tipperary. Established over 40 years ago by present owner Jim Moloney, the company employs nine people during peak season. The company directors are Jim and his son Thomas who is also the company's safety officer. A home farm breeding beef cattle is also part of the business.
The company's mission statement is to "provide a range of agricultural services designed to maximise the productivity and profitability of their customers' farming operations".
Services provided by the Moloney team include saw and flail hedge cutting, fertiliser spreading using GPS guidance systems, slurry spreading, round baling and wrapping (for silage), and baling of hay.
Mainly focused on agriculture, Moloney Agri has also diversified into tree care to spread the workload throughout the year.
Approximately 65pc of the tree care work is done for farmers, but some tractors have been modified with special railway gear to accommodate tree care work for companies such as Irish Rail, Coillte, Eircom and Roadbridge.
Top class safety, operator training and relevant insurance are essential to winning these contracts and the judges got the impression the Moloney team are well on top of these rigorous requirements.
"Our quality is influenced by the quality of our equipment, our knowledge and our staff," says Thomas Moloney. "Together these components combine to deliver the value and quality farmers now expect from their agricultural contracting partner."