By JESSIE WAITE
You could possibly say Peter Gane is a prime example of Kiwi ingenuity.
After looking on the market for crates on the back of a ute/trailer that could be versatile enough to adjust to fit any size you need, he decided to make one for himself.
``I couldn't find a one-size-fits-all product, so I thought, `I'll just have to build it,''' he says.
After making the steel frame, people started asking him where he bought it from and decided with the amount of interest, it was about time he started making them to order.
Peter teamed up with Carrac Couplings to manufacture the crates as a joint venture and named them ``Carane Sliding Crates''.
The feedback and comments he has received have blown him away, he says.
One concept about the product he enjoys is that you can create whatever size you like, so you can make a pen for the sheep or beefies, and also have your dogs on the back (pictured).
``You don't want your working dogs in the cab if they are wet and covered in mud,'' says Peter.
His grandfather George William Gane was also an example of ingenuity.
His grandfather created a milking system after his sisters complained of the milk buckets being too heavy to carry and making hard work.
The Gane milking machine was created which pumped the milk from the cow to the cream cans out front. His sister, Ethel, married Ambrose Rid, who then manufactured the Gane milking machine under the Rid label in Auckland for the New Zealand and Australia markets.
``I think most farmers are pretty practical,'' says Peter.