Birds challenge the Tasmanian growers
For many growers around the world, farming is a lifestyle and not merely a day job. It is their life’s work, a passion that is rewarded with the satisfaction of completing one of the most challenging jobs efficiently. Along with the knowledge that they have worked to make a difference to the agricultural industry’s future.
Andrew Craigie from Northern Tasmania is one of those growers. Andrew works at Craigie Bros, his family farm outside of Devonport. As a family business that started around 165 years ago, the Craigie Bros grow a variety of seed crops (e.g., canola and cabbage), potatoes and vegetables. Andrew has spent 25 years as a grower in Tasmania; with his experience in the industry, he is fully aware of the challenges that come with working in the industry. One of the most serious challenges is the damage to the crops by birds.
Andrew recently explained that around 12 months ago he lost an entire cabbage seed crop to birds. They attempted to eliminate birds in the past using more traditional methods, such as audio scaring systems and lethal action. However, nothing worked and it resulted in the loss of the whole crop.
Laser bird repellent saves crop
In 2021, coming into a new season, Andrew is growing his first hybrid canola seed crop, a ready-to-grow seed, a lucrative crop for the family business. Usually, the Craigie Bros lose up to 15%-20% of their crop to birds. Craigie explains, “on the first day we planted the hybrid canola crop, 25 skylarks dived straight into the crop.”
As this new season’s crop was crucial for the business, Andrew needed a drastic solution. Craigie deployed the AVIX Autonomic Mark II laser bird repellent that they found out about from Bird Beam.