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Test-drive the latest pruning equipment

Australian Viticulture has teamed up with the Ancient River vineyard in central Victoria to stage the Pruning Demonstration Days on 23–24 June where commercially available products will be demonstrated in a commercial vineyard.

Grapegrowers are invited to attend the Ancient River Pruning Demonstration Days where they will have the opportunity to test-drive the latest pruning equipment on show and have the chance to discuss with experts what best suits their pruning situation. Growers will also be able to compare the range of pruning equipment available and find solutions to common problems with both hand-pruning and mechanical-pruning.

Demonstrations of manual, pneumatic, electronic and mechanical equipment will allow visitors to see the full range of pruning options on display. With a section of the vineyard set aside for minimal pruning, visitors will get a clear idea of what their vines might look like if they follow this economically attractive option.

For those who are interested in seeing how well pneumatic equipment works in comparison to electronic, there will be plenty of opportunities to see both forms from different makers. Plus, have a look at the new manual equipment on offer for those tidy-up jobs you come across every day in the vineyard but for which you don’t need to be kitted-out for a full day’s pruning. Exhibitors will also be more than happy to supervise professional visitors in the correct use of their products.

The list of suppliers exhibiting includes: Eclipse Enterprises, Bahco Tools Pty Ltd, Felco, Whitlands Engineering, Ryan Bros, Mildura Irrigation Repairs, Haeuslers Farm Equipment, Quikcorp and Pellenc Australia.

The cost of pruning is possibly the single largest input cost for most vineyards, and for growers to see the options available and understanding the impact they could have on productivity will be invaluable.

Ancient River Pruning Demonstration Days will be held at the Ancient River Vineyard, Lot 4815, Goulbourn Valley Highway, Murchison, Victoria. For further information, go to www.ancientriver.com.au or contact Laurie Martin at Ancient River vineyard on 0409 199 901 or



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