G&A Hanrahan Ltd are specialist agricultural contractors who pride themselves on delivering a very high level of service at very reasonable rates. Fully insurance and VAT registered, the Co Offaly operation has been meeting the needs of the local agricultural community since 1979.
Forty years have elapsed since husband and wife duo Ger and Ann Hanrahan set up G&A Hanrahan Ltd after buying a 50-acre farm at Killyon, Birr, Co Offaly and today they are joined in the running of the family business by their son Keith.
Backboned by a wealth of knowledge and experience, G&A Hanrahan has consistently demonstrated high standards in all areas of their work and that can be seen by the loyal customer base that has been built up through the years.
Indeed, the Hanrahans are very proud of their proven track record in meeting their customers’ all-important deadlines.
“Some of our customers have been with us since Day One and we haven’t heard any complaints yet!” quipped Keith Hanrahan in conversation with Irish Tractor & Agri magazine.
He added: “We pride ourselves on our reliability, getting to the job on time and carrying out a top class job every time. Basically, providing the best service we possibly can and looking after the needs of our customers all of the time.”
Specialising in silage cutting, slurry spreading, ploughing, reseeding, hedge maintenance, corn sowing and harvesting, G&A Hanrahan Ltd boasts an extensive range of machinery to carry out their customers’ work quickly and efficiently, providing them with value-for-money and an alternative to investing in their own expensive equipment.
The Co. Offaly company’s success can be attributed to the quality of its equipment and the knowledge, skill and expertise of its staff which includes Mike Boland, Alan Mannion, Cian O’Connor, Cathal Ryan, Shane Ryan, Ronan Kelly, Eoin Gath, Shane Corrigan, Conor Doran, Brian Dignan and Aron Mooney.
They run a fleet of 11 tractors which are a mixture of New Holland and Case IH and associated machinery such as two harvesters, two mowers, a loading shovel and a digger, complete with mulching head.
Attention to detail and a policy of continually updating their extensive fleet of tractors and machinery are key ingredients in their successful formula.
“We’re busy most days but when things do get quiet we spend a lot of our time in the workshop maintaining the equipment,” Keith explained.
“Things are hard for a lot farmers out there at this point in time, the beef price is bad and corn prices are on a downward slide. Everyone is in the same boat but you have to try to be optimistic about the future. There have been big changes in agriculture, farming has got more modern, and you have to move with the times. I’d be hopeful that things will get better.”
In his spare time, Keith fulfills his duties as secretary of the Offaly branch of The Association of Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland. He took on the role 12 months ago.
The objectives of the FCI are to represent agricultural contractors at the highest level with politicians and the Department of Agriculture in Ireland Europe, to promote good contractor/farmer relationships; to promote the benefits of a good agricultural contracting service, to provide members with knowledge and courses to help them run their businesses and to provide a good working relationship between contractors.
“It’s becoming increasingly hard to keep up to date with all the Rules and regulations,” remarked. “In fairness to the FCI, they are very good at fighting the contractor’s corner and it’s a good organization to be involved with.”
At all times, the Hanrahan family’s aim is to go about their business in the most efficient and profitable way possible. Their vast knowledge, expertise and state of the art machinery provides him with the ability to fulfil their client demands, no matter how large they may be.
“I’d like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty,” Keith concluded, “and also our reliable workers who are very good at what they do and are an integral part of the business.”
By employing the services of G&A Hanrahan, farmers free up more time to concentrate on others areas of their farm and eliminate the need to invest large sums of money in equipment that they may only need a few times in a year.
Give Ger, Ann and Keith and the team a call at the numbers below to find out more.
G&A Hanrahan Ltd
Tel: 057 9120983 / 087 2595318
Fax: 057 9121588
Email: [email protected]
Taken from Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 7 No 6, November 2019