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The History of Irrigation with Padman Stops

The Farmers Friend in Irrigation for over 30 years

Padman Stops has been “The Farmers’ Friend” for over 30 years, transforming water efficiency for farmers and reducing labour, time and cost with innovative products and technology.

From humble beginnings that began with founder, John Padman, inventing products from his backyard shed – to now with up to 50 staff working from their Strathmerton factory and site, it’s certainly been a labour of love. The aim is not to just to help farms become more profitable and easier to run, but also to give farmers a better quality of life, with more time off to relax with their family.

Forever innovating, the Padman Group doesn’t just produce and sell products. Instead, their dedicated teams design and customise entire specialised surface irrigation solutions for farms right across Australia. We’re here to help you.

OUR MISSION

“To lead the way in the surface irrigation industry with innovative products that enhance farm efficiency and maximise profitability – all while supporting farmers, local communities and our team members to lead a more balanced and enjoyable lifestyle.”

WHO WE ARE

The Padman Group is headed up by John Padman and his son, Shawn Padman.

As founder and head innovator, John looks after the research and product development side of the business.

Shawn, as General Manager works to move the business forward, by investigating all avenues of diversification and discovering new markets, while managing their enthusiastic workforce.

JOHN PADMAN – FOUNDER

John grew up on a dairy farm so was well versed in the challenges of farming from an early age. Long hours, muddy fields and tricky, manually operated equipment were always a constant battle.

In the 1980’s he developed his first solution to a pressing farming problem – flood irrigation gates that leaked and an entirely manual operation.

The ‘Padman Stop’ was born.

The original Padman Stop product had a precast concrete outlet with a hinged door and rubber flap to seal it and make it completely watertight. More products followed this initial success, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Johns passion and dedication has come from always looking to the farmers for inspiration. Talking to them, seeking out their very specific problems and designing effective products to not only solve those problems – but enhance farm efficiency even further.

SHAWN PADMAN – GENERAL MANAGER

Shawn was inspired by his father’s passion for designing innovative irrigation solutions and officially joined the business in 2008.

He successfully worked his way through several roles within the company, before becoming General Manager.

Due to the seasonal nature of farming, Shawn has sought out new markets to diversify the types of farms they can help , and therefore stabilising employment year-round for their dedicated team.

He is very passionate about looking after their employees, developing each person, with an emphasis on effective leadership and team building, and establishing a strong, cohesive and happy culture.

For Shawn, it’s all about sustainability, listening to farmers to develop solutions, and empowering their team to perform at the top of their game.

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WHY WE’RE DIFFERENT

Padman Stops is different. From our unique product designs through to our collaborative approach.We work alongside farmers – we speak to them, get to know them and discover the every-day problems and frustrations they encounter. We then design the products they, and most likely you, actually need.

Our solutions are indeed complete solutions, customised to your unique farm. One single product or component in isolation may help you a little, but nothing quite beats that streamlined feeling when an entire paddock, field or property runs like clockwork. We can design you an end-to-end solution that provides the upmost of precision that operates almost on autopilot, with our superior sensors and automation technology.

Your farm will become more sustainable, more profitable and far easier to manage.

We’re also proudly:

  • Australian made and owned for 30 years.
  • Family owned and operated.
  • We look after our teams and our people, so they can look after our farmers.
  • We operate with integrity and a genuine desire to help.

In a nutshell, we help Aussie farmers grow more food and fibre with less water and less labour.

And nothing brings us more joy than providing automation solutions so farmers can win back their time and spend more quality time with their families.

Are you keen to find out how we can help your farm operate more efficiently?

Our friendly team can help.

Our friendly team can help.

The Future

The team at Padman Stops is always looking for new ways to innovate and create new solutions and products for farmers across Australia. We also have a genuine desire to make our products more accessible to more farmers than ever before, no matter where they might be located.

This desire has led us to develop several new specialist ‘arms’ of the business so we can reach more farms and improve more farming lifestyles. These include Padman Automation, Padman Water Solutions and Padman Maxiflow.

Padman Water Solutions is particularly exciting as it brings our solutions further north, with a brand-new factory in Queensland to enable us to get products to Queensland farmers far more cheaply and quickly.

Learn more about these specialist businesses within the Padman Stop Group

Awards and recognition

Customer love

“Installing Padman Stops is the most important thing we’ve ever done on our farm” – Darryl Lukies.

We’re ready to help you be more efficient and win back your time

We don’t just sell unique products; we provide customised solutions for your farm and your specific needs. 

Our friendly team will guide the way forward for both water and time efficiency for your property.

Get in touch today

Padman Automation specialises in using modern technology to streamline farming operations. Our systems reduce the time required to manage properties, reduce labour costs and improve farm efficiency for maximum yields.

Our dedicated automation team aims to free up farmers’ time so they can achieve a better, and far healthier, work-life balance.

We’re forever innovating to create new and improved products that solve problems and enhancing on-farm efficiency.

Plus, even after installation, farmers never have to go it alone. Our friendly team are always on hand for continuing service and support.

Meet The Team

The Future

The team at Padman Stops is always looking for new ways to innovate and create new solutions and products for farmers across Australia. We also have a genuine desire to make our products more accessible to more farmers than ever before, no matter where they might be located.

This desire has led us to develop several new specialist ‘arms’ of the business so we can reach more farms and improve more farming lifestyles. These include Padman Automation, Padman Water Solutions and Padman Maxiflow.

Padman Water Solutions is particularly exciting as it brings our solutions further north, with a brand-new factory in Queensland to enable us to get products to Queensland farmers far more cost effectively and quickly.

Learn more about these specialist businesses within the Padman Group

Awards and recognition

Customer love

“Installing Padman Stops is the most important thing we’ve ever done on our farm” – Darryl Lukies.

We’re ready to help you be more efficient and win back your time

We don’t just sell unique products; we provide customised solutions for your farm and your specific needs. 

Our friendly team will guide the way forward for both water and time efficiency for your property.

Get in touch today

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We’re incredibly excited about one of our newer initiatives, Padman Water Solutions, which will bring a brand-new site to Queensland, allowing easier and more affordable access to our products up north.

Our new manufacturing plant is due to open in Ayr, QLD in the heart of the Burdekin region, in July 2020.

Not only will it make the freight and transport of our products to Queensland farmers more cost effective (rather than shipping them from Victoria), but we’ll also have products that are specifically made for the unique needs of our more northern farms and their agricultural pursuits.

Meet The Team

The Future

The team at Padman Stops is always looking for new ways to innovate and create new solutions and products for farmers across Australia. We also have a genuine desire to make our products more accessible to more farmers than ever before, no matter where they might be located.

This desire has led us to develop several new specialist ‘arms’ of the business so we can reach more farms and improve more farming lifestyles. These include Padman Automation, Padman Water Solutions and Padman Maxiflow.

Padman Water Solutions is particularly exciting as it brings our solutions further north, with a brand-new factory in Queensland to enable us to get products to Queensland farmers far more cost effectively and quickly.

Learn more about these specialist businesses within the Padman Group

Awards and recognition

Customer love

“Installing Padman Stops is the most important thing we’ve ever done on our farm” – Darryl Lukies.

We’re ready to help you be more efficient and win back your time

We don’t just sell unique products; we provide customised solutions for your farm and your specific needs. 

Our friendly team will guide the way forward for both water and time efficiency for your property.

Get in touch today

The Padman Group Story

For over thirty years, the Padman family have owned and operated the company producing the following 100% Australian made irrigation solutions:

1990: ELMORE FIELD DAYS: MOST INNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS

From humble beginnings, working out of his back shed, John Padman has set out to revolutionise the flood irrigation industry with…

1992: ELMORE FIELD DAYS: MOST INNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS

From humble beginnings, working out of his back shed, John Padman has set out to revolutionise the flood irrigation industry with…

1998: ELMORE FIELD DAYS: MOST INNOVATIVE NEW BUSINESS

From humble beginnings, working out of his back shed, John Padman has set out to revolutionise the flood irrigation industry with…