WK is pleased to be supporting yet another business as they celebrate more than a century of farming in Marlborough this year.

Tim, Tracy and Vaughan Rose were presented with the Century Farms Award for Kegworth, a nod to 115 years of farming in the region.

Kegworth was established on St Leonard’s Road in 1903, the piece of land purchased by John Rose, who first landed in Marlborough in 1858.

Alongside farming, contracting became a big part of the family business based at Kegworth, originally with horses and later mechanised.

First operating under the name NES Rose Contracting, the company provided grain harvesting, hay baling and groundwork services such as ploughing before the business was taken over by David Rose from his father and renamed Rose Agricultural Ltd in 1968.

Under David’s guidance, the company continued to diversify and became one of the first contractors in Marlborough to operate a grape harvester.

In 2019, the business specialises in grape growing. grape harvesting, lime and fertiliser spreading and vineyard services, overseen by Tim, Tracy and Vaughan, the 5th generation of Rose’s.

WK director Vaughan Harris says Rose Ag is an excellent example of a Marlborough farming business which has diversified over the years in order to stay relevant and forward-focused.  

“One hundred and fifteen years is a massive milestone, and for Tim, Tracy and Vaughan it acknowledges the effort and commitment the family has made to diversify with the Marlborough landscape,” he says.

“The team at Rose Ag works hard to ensure all facets of their business are in order, and that their clients are well looked after, and the milestone is very much deserved.”

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