Machinery correspondent Darren Bailey recently visited Cairns Contracting, an agri-contracting business with a difference in Co Armagh
Cairns Contracting, an agricontracting business based in Waringstown, Co Armagh, is run by entrepreneur Garth Cairns. What makes this story different from any other is the fact that Garth started from nothing, not even having an agricultural background, to build one of the most impressive contracting businesses in the country, as well as being the main man behind the successful slurry equipment manufacturer SlurryKat.
Garth’s father is a general fabricator and it is from him he developed the hands-on practicality which he still uses. From a young age, Garth was always interested in farm machinery. “I never played with cars as a child – it was always tractors.”
At the age of eight, Garth first got behind the wheel of a tractor helping out on a local dairy farm for a bit of extra pocket money, driving a Massey 35 with a yard scraper. It was here that he fell in love with farming and, the following year, he bought himself two calves on a small piece of land the family owned. Little did he know that by the age of 18 he would be renting a farm and own 120 beef cattle. In 1995, at the age of 15, Garth bought his first tractor, a John Deere 2130, and built his first implement, a silage trailer for behind it.
Darren Bailey - Irish Farmers Journal