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2021 Autumn Future Orchards® Walk – Batlow

Future Orchards®

Is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards and industry?

In coming years, we may reflect on 2020 as the year we saw a step-change in how our industry attracts and retains permanent and seasonal labour.

So what could a more resilient and reliable labour supply look like, how will our orchard design and operations need to change, and how will this flow through to immediate and longer-term business investments and profitability?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow from AgFirst will join our Autumn Future Orchards® walks online from New Zealand to explore some actions that you can take to reshape your labour needs and your orchard to

  • get the job done on time and well
  • reduce the costs of labour per kg of fruit
  • ensure orchards are workable by a broader demographic of staff, and
  • make orchards an employer of choice

Local orchard walks at Montague and Mount View Orchards

FLA Kevin Dodds will lead walks at two local orchards to discuss modern, high-density planting trellis systems including some of the innovative new technology that has emerged as orchards are rebuilt. At Mount View Orchards Kevin will be joined by John Robson and at Montague Orchards by Jamie and Rod Taylor.

Program outline


2.00 pm Arrival – Light refreshments provided

2:30 pm Streamed presentation plus live Q&A session

How is Covid-19 reshaping our orchards?

Ross Wilson and Craig Hornblow, AgFirst

Batlow RSL

3:45 pm In-orchard demonstration

·        FLA Kevin Dodds

·        Rod & Jamie Taylor of Montague

·        John Robson of Mount View Orchard

Montague Batlow Orchard

Mount View Orchards

5.00 pm Concludes


Registration is essential to ensure compliance with COVID safety regulations.

By registering in advance you will receive a reminder the day before and an hour before the event commences.

For further information

APAL Batlow Front Line Adviser – Kevin Dodds on 0427 918 315 or via email [email protected]

Proudly supported by  

Future Orchards® is an APAL project funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear levy with matched funds from the Australian Government.