The original Grain and Seed Company was established in 1896 by Freidlander Bros and operated from the Ashburton premises on West Street, previously occupied by Cates Grain and Seed Ltd.

Over the years the business continued although the name changed, along with ownership to Murdoch Bruce Ltd and later Buchanans merchants Ltd. Peter Cates Ltd was established in 1973 and moved into the West Street Ashburton grain and seed store which was vacated when Buchanans Merchants ceased trading. In 2015 Cates Grain & Seed Ltd moved from the original West Street premise to a larger, specialised building located at 2 Kermode Street.

The Company’s headquarters have remained in Ashburton, the centre of New Zealand’s grain and seed heartland, servicing farming clients throughout Mid, Central and North Canterbury.

The acquisition in 1992, of the pulse seed business of Mair Seed provided Peter Cates Ltd with an opportunity to extend its customer base from the Aorangi region to the high producing Selwyn and North Canterbury districts.

At the same time, the company purchased the former Challenge Seeds complex at Rakaia, providing a second grain and seed cleaning / storage facility, complementing the company’s Ashburton operation.

In an industry characterised by rapid rises and equally rapid falls, Cates Grain & Seed Ltd, has forged a reputation based on customer service and fair dealing. Entrusted with the livelihood of hundreds of Canterbury farming families, Cates Grain & Seed staff understand the value of working in partnership with clients to produce optimum yields of grain and small seeds, advising on weed and pest control, fertilizer requirements and harvesting, to ensure that crops are presented in the best possible condition.

Understanding the needs of farmers combined with an equally professional approach to marketing on the domestic front and internationally, has earned Cates Grain & Seed Ltd an enviable reputation in the market place.

If you wish to find out more about Cates Grain & Seed, contact us today or to view our Standard Terms of Trade click here.