in multiplication and production of Clover, Pasture seeds, Cereals, Pulses and Brassicas.


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On site crop advice...

In-depth knowledge and experience that is only gained through many years in the industry.

Seed multiplication…

Cates Grain & Seed is sought after nationally & internationally for the multiplication of many different types of seeds.

Grain brokering…

Cates Grain & Seed is a leader in grain brokerage for customers all over New Zealand.

Small seed brokering…

Both nationally and internationally Cates Grain & Seed is a dominant player in the trade of perennial ryegrass and white clover...


We are specialists in multiplication and production of Clover, Pasture seeds, Cereals, Pulses and Brassica’s. Based in Canterbury, New Zealand we are active in selling grain, pasture seeds, peas and lentils (whole and split) throughout New Zealand and to markets around the world.

The original Grain and Seed Company which operated from the Ashburton premises now occupied by Cates Grain & Seed Ltd, was established in 1896 by Freidlander Bros. 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.

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

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Seed Multiplication


On Site Crop Advice


Small Seed Brokering


Grain Brokering