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Before selling and retiring in 2013 Errol and Kaye Hadfield used to work with their youngest son Geoffrey to run Kindale Holdings Ltd., a North Canterbury cattle farming and contracting business at Summerhill.

Kindale Holdings Ltd. used to run about 200 head of cattle on the two properties and offered a range of agricultural services in baling, ploughing and cultivation throughout Ohoka, Fernside, Rangiora, and Oxford.

Errol Hadfield reckons that agricultural contracting is in his genes. For good reason: Errol's father, grandfather, and great grandfather - who immigrated to Canterbury from the village of Hadfield, Derbyshire, England, in 1862 - were all contractors.

Errol's father, Alan helped build the Lewis Pass road from the summit to the Hanmer turnoff during the depression years in the 1930s, and he later bought a 300-acre dairy and cropping farm in Ellesmere, Canterbury. To get his start, Errol worked as a shearer and wool classer in Australia for three years. He saved money for his first farm, and in 1960, he bought his parent's farm.

In 1973 Errol and Kaye sold their Canterbury farm and purchased 60 acres in the Omaka valleyDaniel James Hadfield near Blenheim which they developed into a vineyard, growing grapes for Montana and for their own label "Kindale".

The sixth generation, maybe a farmer and contactor, Daniel James Hadfield, Age 3...

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