About Groocock Soil Improvement Pty Ltd
Roger and Sue Groocock established Groocock Soil Improvement Pty Ltd in January 2009. The company is the only Australian dealer for the Dutch made Farmax Spader.
Roger and Sue Groocock have been farming at Bordertown South Australia for over 40 years with 2 years share farming at Karkoo on Eyre Peninsula.
Roger has been a passionate advocate for improving the soil for many years. He has been involved in spading and delving trials in association with a number of organisations including Landcare, Rural Solutions, Ag Dept, and the Adelaide University. He has spoken at various field days in South Australia as well as Western Australia.
In 2007 he won a Churchill Fellowship which took him to Europe and America to explore innovative practices to improve soil health and drive sustainable production increases. Roger and Sue were so impressed with the results they imported a spading machine from the Netherlands, the first of its kind in Australia, to use on their property. This was the quickest way to see the spader technology working in Australia.
Since then spaders, which have attracted the interest of soil scientists, researchers and farmers keen to explore their potential, have been taken up in a series of trials and projects supported by Caring for Country Funds, leading farming systems groups, and state-based research organisations in WA and throughout SA.
During the first twelve months of working with the spader in Australia some of the features of the Farmax brand spader attracted them. Due to this in 2008, Roger and Sue travelled back to the Netherlands to meet with the manufacturers and view demonstrations of the Farmax machine. As a result an opportunity was presented to import this spader into Australia and become the Australian distributors.
Wasse BV are a Dutch agricultural machinery dealer and has many years of experience in trading and service of farm equipment. They also manufacture, sell and service the Farmax digging machines.