Bird netting is similar to harvesting when it comes to planning the operation. The better organised you are the more cost affective it is.
Ensure you have a vineyard layout plan and preferably net layout placement system. Clean ground conditions will always improve bird netting roll out and retrieval times. Good quality nets that are stored well and looked after can last up to 15years+.
If you need some planning advice or need to make bookings for netting, machine or hand harvesting call us and see what we can do for you.
Pridham Viticulture for the past 15 years has provided application and retrieval services for multi-row drape netting. We use the proven Net-Master System. It applies and retrieves 4 row wide bird netting in a fast and cost effective manner. It is cheaper to run than any other system in the market.
A site inspection is required prior as there is an extensive check-list to complete before we can provide pricing details for your individual vineyard.
We can discuss netting options and arrange for the purchase of netting for your vineyard if you so require. We can also supply a limited amount of net rental.
We are reliable!
Drape netting cost estimate information for installation and/or retrieval
Net Machine – $45.00
Supervisor – $40.00
Tractor Driver – $40.00
Labourers x4 – $120.00
Sub total – $245.00
Tractor – $52.00
Total – $297.00 + GST
Generally a crew of 6 allows for the Driver, Machine Operator, 2 net pullers and 2 crew to clip or unclip the netting. Unclipping also involves stick removal from drape nets and lifting the nets up off the ground.
Area covered per hour depends on row lengths, headlands, obstacles, canopy, row widths, topography, etc – generally 0.4 Ha per hr up to 0.75Ha per hr if conditions are ideal.
Cost per Ha with full crew and equipment $400.00 – $700.00 approximate
Per net roll to rollout – $175 – $200 -Good going $200 / Medium $240 / difficult $280 per roll
Transport is $80.00 both ways – total $160.00 within the McLaren Vale region
All prices stated do not include 10% GST.
Contact Ben to discuss more about bird netting.