Case Study: Falconry Business Models

“Cooperatives”

A group of growers (usually small acreage growers) choose a single falconer or a falconry company to handle their bird management for the season. This has the potential to reduce costs, as each grower pays a portion of the fees.

The falconer may patrol fields on each farm regularly, but may focus on a specific grower’s field if it begins to have a significant bird problem. Growers would likely also use alternate methods throughout the season that include, but do not rely on, abatement falconry.

Cost

Estimated between $50,000-$100,000 total.

ADVANTAGES

  • Potential low-cost.

  • No neighbor problems.

  • Low-to-no risk bird management.

  • Good marketing.

  • Environmentally friendly.

  • Educational to on-farm customers.

DISADVANTAGES

  • Growers must "share" a falconer, which can lead to disputes if not clearly contracted before the season starts.

  • Requires a consistent group of people with definite bird threat.

  • Acreage and geography are key factors. If the combined acreage is too great for a single falconer, the co-operative method may not be effective.