I formed Bruce Gordon Contracting in 1981 with an Iseki tractor with a minimal amount of attachments. I worked part time for a lot of people including the odd day shearing, which I was trying to give up. As the business grew I was able to concentrate entirely on growing the contracting as well as my farming interests. Soon I was hiring staff, and of special note in those early days, was a man called Doug Brophy who helped me in so many ways, that without him the business would not be where it is today. Having a young family meant juggling many things at the same time. In those early years it was evident that the Rangitikei was a food bowl for the rest of the North Island. Seldom did we have droughts and if we did they were mainly in the autumn. Supplying the insatiable horse trainers in Takanini, Auckland became a full time, year round business. Hay, red clover, lucern and straw were the main products wanted. Overtime, along with the many small mushroom farms, things began to change as housing pressures in South Auckland pushed these trainers and farmers out.